Late splurge sparks hopes for 2018 M&A

Original article by Joyce Moullakis
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 15 & 20 : 18-Dec-17

Data from Dealogic shows that $US86.9 billion worth of mergers and acquisitions had been announced in Australia as at 15 December 2017, which is 3.8 per cent lower than at the same time in 2016. Likewise, the value of announced M&A deals globally has fallen by 4.6 per cent to $US3.5 trillion. However, Nick Sims of Goldman Sachs notes that there has been an upturn in M&A activity in Australia and globally during the December quarter, which is expected to continue in 2018. Meanwhile, the total value of offshore acquisitions made by Australian companies has risen by 75 per cent so far in 2017, to $US26.3 billion.

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DEALOGIC (AUSTRALIA) PTY LTD, GOLDMAN SACHS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, MACQUARIE CAPITAL PTY LTD, WESTFIELD CORPORATION – ASX WFD, AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITED – ASX ANZ, AWE LIMITED – ASX AWE, INTEGRAL DIAGNOSTICS LIMITED – ASX IDX, SANTOS LIMITED – ASX STO, HARBOUR ENERGY LIMITED, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, WALT DISNEY COMPANY, CVS HEALTH CORPORATION, AETNA INSURANCE COMPANY, HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS PTY LTD, NUFARM LIMITED – ASX NUF, LINK ADMINISTRATION HOLDINGS LIMITED – ASX LNK

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