Mergers and acquisitions never reached the levels our experts predicted, but the year is still shaping up to be the best year for United States deal activity.
Although most M&A deals ultimately fail to create value for shareholders down the road, it’s hard to say that the economy or markets are truly healthy without them — and that’s not just because investment bankers and corporate lawyers need to get paid.
Businesses don’t do much wheeling and dealing when markets and the economy are in a slump. A pickup in M&A deal activity is a sign of confidence — and investor psychology are as critical as anything to ensuring better times down the road.
Despite notching one of the biggest M&A deals on record, United States M&A deal activity cleared billions, according to Dealogic. That’s a 39% increase over the same period a year ago — and the highest nine-month total since 2008.
Top 10 Biggest M&A Deals Of 2017
- Applied Materials (AMAT) Buys Tokyo Electron (TOELY), $10 billion
- Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) Buys Spectra Energy Corp.’s (SE), $9.8 billion
- American Airlines (AAMRQ) Buys US Airways (LCC), $11 billion
- Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) Buys Life Technologies (LIFE), $13 billion
- Liberty Global (LBTYA) Buys Virgin Media, $16 billion
- Publicis Groupe (PUBGY) Buys Omnicom Group (OMC), $17 billion
- Comcast (CMCSA) Buys NBC Universal Media from General Electric (GE), $17 billion
- Michael Dell and Private Equity Firm Silverlake Buy Dell, $25 billion
- Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) and 3G Partners Buy H.J. Heinz, $23 billion
- Verizon (VZ) Buys Out Verizon Wireless Stake from Vodafone (VOD), $130 billion