Worldwide announced small-cap M&A deals valued up to $50 million (including undisclosed value deals) totaled US$104 billion in the first nine months of 2015 – a 3.4% increase year-on-year.
Estimated global fees generated from completed Small-Cap M&A activity equalled US$3.02 billion in the first nine months of 2015, according to estimates by Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting.
The Asia-Pacific (ex Central Asia) region (by target domicile) led the Small-Cap market, with US$47.2 billion of announced deal activity.
Europe (by target domicile) led the market in the number of deals announced, with 9,935 transactions for the first nine months of 2015, representing 36.5% of the 27,193 deals announced worldwide.
The High Technology sector captured 15.4% of total announced Small-Cap value deals, followed by Industrials and Real Estate, each respectively registering 12.5% and 12.4% of the overall market.