There has been a “significant increase” in average merger and acquisition (M&A) deal size in the first quarter of 2022, according to HLB Mann Judd.
In the latest quarterly M&A review from the firm, it said there had been a “significant increase” in average deal value.
In Q1 FY21, the average deal size was $42 million but in Q1 FY22, this had more than tripled to $150 million.
This was attributed to an “increasing number of deals with transaction values over $100 million”.
The largest deal was in the financials space and worth $3.7 billion which was Milton Corporation being acquired by Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company. The second and third-largest deals were in the industrials and materials space at $2.6 billion and $1.8 billion respectively.
There were 324 deals completed in Q1 FY22 compared to 291 in Q1 FY21, an increase of 11%.
The most popular sectors for M&A activity by volume of deals were materials, real estate and information technology while the largest deals were in the industrials and financial sectors.
In the 2021 financial year, there were 1,207 deals completed with an average transaction value of $113.2 million.
Transactions by sectors in Q1 FY22
Source: HLB Mann Judd