M&A: Looking for the right move


Strong start of the year for M&A deals. History shows that M&A activity tends to accelerate at the end of the economic cycle. Societe Generale Equity strategists take a close look at recent global M&A trends and highlight which European sectors could be active in M&A in the coming years.

History tells us that M&A activity tends to accelerate at the end of the economic cycle, which is when we see the biggest deals. M&A activity has got off to a good start in 2018 (year to date volumes at $1.1tn worldwide), after slowing in 2016 and 2017 in volume terms, both globally and in Europe. Last year, the global average premium paid by companies fell to a 10 year low of 25%, and remains low year to date (26%). High valuations, high leverage, the age of the economic cycle, political uncertainties (trade tensions) and competition with share buybacks are among the reasons preventing companies from being more aggressive and thinking about the right move at the right price.

In an in-depth special report, Societe Generale Equity strategists take a close look at recent trends in the global M&A cycle and point out why the environment is still favorable for acquisitions. According to their top-down and bottom-up models and insights from Societe Generale equity analysts, they highlight key European sectors that could be active in M&A.

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