Return of the Mega Deals? Asks Crosbie and Company

The Investment Bank, Crosbie and Company, known for excelling at Mergers and Acquisitions work share their views on the invesmtnet activity seen by Canadian business in the past quarter.
Crosbie and Company Discuss Canadian Activity
The Canadian M&A market posted a decline in total announced transactions this quarter, which was primarily driven by a slowdown in activity in both the Oil & Gas and Metals & Minerals sectors.  There were a total of 222 transactions announced in Q2, a 14% reduction in activity from the 259 transactions announced in Q1.  The total value of transactions declined 34% this quarter to $33.9 billion compared to the above average $51.3 billion in the previous quarter.

A few notable items in Q2 included:

§  Despite the decline in M&A activity this quarter off of slower commodity sector activity, the balance of the Canadian M&A market was relatively unchanged from the prior quarter.
§  Cross-border activity was a very prominent component of Canadian M&A this quarter, with 9 of the 10 largest deals in the quarter having a cross-border component.  Canadian companies acquired foreign companies in 6 of these transactions.
§  For the fourth time in five quarters Real Estate has been the most active sector with Oil & Gas being the second most active; combined both accounted for 43% of total quarterly activity.
§  Mega-deal activity returned to historical levels this quarter, with 7 deals announced compared to the 14 announced last quarter, a four year high.

For further details, please see our press release andM&A report which are available on our website at:

Jacoline Loewen, Director,   See Jacoline on BNN, The Pitch  Author of Money Magnet Director, Crosbie Co.
Crosbie & Co.
150 King Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 1J9
416 362 7726
Please contact Colin Walker 


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