Global Media M&A Hits Highest Level Since 2007

Hot on the heels of the $250 million The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) deal last night, here are some additional global media M&A stats for you via Merger Market.

Global Media M&A Hits Highest Level Since 2007

Global Media deals at their highest level since 2007

  • So far in 2013, global Media M&A value has catapulted passed the value of any full year since 2007 (US$ 151.6bn) with a total of 257 deals valued at US$ 74.3bn
  • July’s US$ 26.9bn-worth of deals is the highest valued month in over six years. The last month to achieve a higher value was in May 2007 with 61 deals valued at US$ 52.3bn
  • Global media deals in Q3 total US$ 27.1bn, over taking Q2 (US$ 19.9bn) value by  36.2% and likely to be the highest valued quarter since at least Q4 2009 (US$ 31.7bn)

The US makes up three quarters of Global Media deals as the sector leads activity by value in the country this year

  • US Media targeted M&A is currently totaled US$ 55.7bn (77 deals) – the sector is already nearly double the value seen in the whole of 2012 (US$ 29bn) with an increase by 92.1% and the highest valued year since 2007’s US$ 65.6bn-worth of deals.
  • July saw three US-media companies targeted that have made it into the top 10 US-media deals
  • These deals have resulted in Q3’s US$ 23.4bn-worth of deals likely to be the strongest quarter since at least Q4 2009 (US$ 31.7bn) but potentially since Q2 2007 (US$ 83.6bn) – the US accounted for 87.5% of Q3 to-date global Media M&A
  • The US has seen five media deals above US$ 2bn this year compared to four in the whole of 2012
  • The largest media deal of the year is the Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC)/Publicis Groupe S.A. (ADR) (OTCMKTS:PUBGY) (EPA:PUB) merger for US$ 19.4bn, also in July


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