Canadian M&A Activity: Recent Insights & Trends – Part One

Canadian M&A activity has been on a rollercoaster ride in recent years, influenced by market factors, currency fluctuations, oil prices and other economic conditions. In this two-part blog post series, we highlight some interesting trends that we have identified from our recent market review.

In spite of the apparent volatility in M&A activity in Canada, our review of market activity reveals that there have been some notable trends in recent years when looking at M&A deal activity overall.

First, as demonstrated in the graphic below, when looking at overall Canadian M&A activity in the past decade, we see the following recent trends:

  • Since 2009, overall transaction activity has declined by an annualized rate of 9% per year.
  • In the four quarters leading up to and including the first quarter of 2015, overall transaction activity has declined by an annualized rate of 22% per quarter.
  • The average transaction value varies from year to year, but has been strong or trending higher in recent years.

Slide 3Stay tuned for the second post in this series, in which we will look at trends in Canadian M&A activity by sector and deal value.

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