Industry M&A updates

COVID-19 implications for M&A activity

Developed by Deloitte Corporate Finance and released on a quarterly basis, these updates provide an overview of key marketplace trends and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions, including industry analysis and a reference list of publicly traded companies.

COVID-19 and the US middle market: Implications for M&A activity

Deloitte Corporate Finance provides a perspective on how COVID-19 might impact middle market M&A, and more importantly, how operators in this market might proactively prepare for what could become a protracted period of uncertainty. At the very least, this period should push businesses to evaluate contingency plans in the face of disruption.

COVID-19 and the US middle market: Implications for M&A activity

Consumer products M&A update

With the country forced into work from home setups, e-Commerce and essential retailers are becoming increasingly important. Consumers at the same time are prioritizing comfort at home and staying healthy during this period of time.

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Energy M&A update

According to the US Energy Information Administration, US natural gas production and demand is expected to drop in 2020 and 2021 from record highs in 2019 as the government takes steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, cutting economic activity and energy prices. At the same time, Industry executives and analysts expect renewables business to continue to grow in 2020 and 2021.

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Financial services M&A update

While the job losses amid COVID-19 are likely to strain many US bank portfolios, commercial loan growth reaccelerated and creditors are preparing to process a second round of applications under the COVID-19 relief program.

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Industrials M&A update

The industrials space in chemical sector continues to enjoy robust M&A activities while automotive sector is experiencing massive transformations. On the other hand, many oil and gas companies are struggling to adapt to current, challenging markets. Factors such as growing interest in electric vehicles, supply chain risks, difficult investment environment are playing into the industry upward and downward trends.


Life sciences and health care (LSHC) M&A update

While adoption of virtual health will likely Continue to accelerate in the short-term due to COVID-19, investment in the space may continue to grow in the long term if it is able to illustrate its potential.

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Packaging M&A update

Though the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a significant and long-term impact on all industries, the packaging industry had a low to moderate impact given its classification as “essential” in most countries. Limited disruption for companies serving customers with access to “essential” retail channels, facilities with high degree of automation, were some of the key trends and drivers of success for this industry during uncertainty.

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Technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) M&A update

TMT Industry is seeing a boost in the sales of audio books and podcasts and the increased use of digital payments app among the consumers. Also, enterprises may opt for private 5G networks, which offer enhanced customization for specialized work locations, speed from keeping data on site and reducing latency, and security.

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