Three sectors driving deal value
  1. TMT was the most active sector with 1,029 deals in 2014
  2. M&A was driven by consolidation and bundling in the TMT market
  3. Energy, mining and utilities recorded the highest value in 2014 with US$318 billion worth of deals, more than double that of 2013
  4. In the pharma, medical and biotech sector, deal value rose 134 percent between 2013 and 2014, from US$100 billion to US$232 billion.
Three sectors—technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), energy, mining and utilities (EMU) and pharma, medical and biotech (PMB)—accounted for the lion’s share of US deal value in 2014, with activity driven by consolidation, strong foreign appetite for assets and tax inversions. There were 1,029 deals in the TMT sector in 2014, with a total deal value of US$302 billion, up six percent from 2013. Megadeals dominated the sector. The increase in the use of wireless devices caused a blurring of the lines between television, mobile telephony and broadband. In response, cable providers and mobile operator companies have moved to consolidate and bundle these services together.
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HEADLINES
  1. TMT was the most active sector with 1,029 deals in 2014
  2. M&A was driven by consolidation and bundling in the TMT market
  3. Energy, mining and utilities recorded the highest value in 2014 with US$318 billion worth of deals, more than double that of 2013
  4. In the pharma, medical and biotech sector, deal value rose 134 percent between 2013 and 2014, from US$100 billion to US$232 billion.