According to the ‘Global Capital Confidence Barometer’, the use of technology, automation and AI for some routine processes is increasing as labor becomes scarcer and the battle for talent intensifies. This could enable companies to free up valuable resources to focus on broader strategic issues.
Global M&A value dipped lower in November as dealmakers cope with unsteady political conditions and falling asset prices. However, despite the year-over-year drop in monthly deal value, the year-to-date total for 2018 — $3.3 trillion — has exceeded the amounts seen in each of the last two years.
Overall Internet of Things (IoT) funding has stabilized. The last 12 months saw $3.3 billion in total recorded IoT investments. At the same time, successful exits are increasing. The total number of acquisitions or exits saw a new record during the second quarter of 2018 (27 in total).
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By the end of the first half (H1) of 2018, global TMT values had reached $371.1 billion and 1,693 deals, representing a 19 percent share of global M&A. The strong results nearly surpassed H1 2015 record high of $383 billion, which represented a market share of 21 percent, according to Mergermarket.
Overall, global TMT activity was up 87.1 percent in value in Q1 2018 to $134 billion worth of deals compared to $71.6 billion announced in Q1 2017. However, deal count fell by 20 transactions — from 815 deals in Q1 2017 to 795 in Q1 2018 — continuing a downward trend over the last three quarters.
In 2017, global dealmaking in the TMT sector saw 3,389 deals worth a combined $498.2 billion. Although total deal value fell 26.3 percent compared to the $ 676.3 billion tallied in 2016, a new Mergermarket record by deal count was set, increasing by 233 transactions over 2016 (3,156 deals) to reach an all-time high.
In the first half of the year, despite a solid economy with low inflation, low unemployment, and plenty of highly-anticipated innovations underway, the TMT sector recorded 1,482 M&A transactions globally worth a total of $175.9 billion.
Source: Digital Lifescapes