According to the WSJ, the market for mergers and acquisitions in 2021 grew by 63% and amounted to $5.099 billion.
The first place in terms of volume – in the United States, they showed an increase of 90%.
In the first place in terms of growth with a colossal + 344% Australasia, although the market itself is relatively small – $213.1 billion.
In Europe, with its second-largest volume – $1.116 billion - growth is small: 43% last year.
Slightly 21%, or up to $843.5 billion, grew in Asia.
Japan, with $84.6 billion, was the only one to show a 25% decline less than in 2020.
Globally, the post-epoch of Covid even contributed to the growth of the M&A market. As in 2019, the market remained at the level of one billion on a quarterly basis, then, after falling in the first two quarters of 2020, in the third, it jumped sharply, and now the average quarterly figure is one and a half billion.
The bulk of transactions is concentrated in five global sectors: technology, healthcare, real estate, finance, and telecom. The Ukrainian mergers and acquisitions market in 2021 also showed a growth of 56% – from $945 million in 2020 to $1.15 billion. At the same time, despite a one-and-a-half-fold increase in volume, the number of transactions decreased by 22%. The average value of the deal is $27.6 million.
Among the trends, analysts note the gradual return of foreign strategic investors to the Ukrainian market; redistribution and consolidation of assets by local business groups in traditional sectors of the economy; gradual intensification in the segment of healthcare and retail.
Most transactions – ten for a total of $205.6 million – took place in the IT sector. Only one deal, but a major one took place in the mining and metallurgical sphere. Most deals of $438 million were made in the construction materials market, in particular in the cement business.