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.
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