It’s been a busy year for mergers and acquisitions, with a number of billion dollar deals that happened. We tracked and analyzed over 700 Mergers & Acquisitions that occurred in 2017 and extracted the 20 largest deals across 9 industries, valued above $5 B.

  1. $274.9B in large M&A transactions took place in 2017.
  2. 42% of the transactions occurred in the Medical/Pharma Sector totaling $86.6 B across 8 events.
  3. 21% of the transactions occurred in the Energy Sector totaling $28.3 B across 4 events.
  4. The largest acquisition in the most active sector: Medical equipment/Pharma was J&J | Actelion at $30B.
  5. The largest acquisition in the second most active sector: Energy Sector was Sempra Energy |Energy Future Holdings at $9.45 B.
  6. One notable standout was CVS Health| Atena in the Health Plan Sector at $77 B.

Predictive Analysis

One useful predictive analysis technique, related to pending M&A events, is to look for large divergences between Return on Research Capital (RORC) and Goodwill-to-Asset-RatioLearn more