U.S. mergers and acquisitions - Statistics & Facts

The merger and acquisition (M&A) industry in the United States oversees tens of thousands of deals each year. In favorable economic conditions, the value of these deals is well over a trillion U.S. dollars. This helps companies come together in a way that makes them more efficient, taking advantage of economies of scale and scope. Economies of scale is when a larger company would be more efficient than two companies in a given region, such as companies from neighboring states that combine to conduct business from the same headquarters. Economies of scope include vertical integration, when companies include different parts of the supply chain to ensure reliable access to components. Both concepts encourage companies to combine, when appropriate.

Some industries are more suitable for combining companies than others. Technology, for example, tends to be a leading strategic driver of such deals, particularly given the rapid shift in digital technology in various business sectors in the past years. Since the process involves intense negotiations between companies, as well as government regulation, financial advisors are crucial in making such deals. Similarly, large legal firms dedicate themselves entirely to navigating the procedural difficulties of such transactions. The largest legal advisors oversee dozens of deals each quarter.

Achieving a successful M&A transaction depends on several factors, and there are many obstacles that companies must overcome. This underscores the risk involved. While the deal may seem logical for the reasons described above, measuring such things always contains error. For this reason, some transactions do not generate the expected returns. Firms carry out extensive research and data analysis, but there are no sure bets in the world of finance.

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