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PwC releases FPP Deals Insights for Q2

July 28, 2015 - The PwC Forest, Paper, and Packaging (FPP) Deals Insights for Q2 showed that merger and acquisition activity continues to be strong in 2015. The last four months were highlighted by KapStone's acquisition of Victory Packaging and an increase in deals in the Asia/Pacific region. 

Altogether there were 47 deals in 91 days at a total deal value of US$3.4 billion in Q2 2015. Global M&A activity in the sector showed an increase in deal volume but a decrease in total deal value relative to Q1. For the Asia/Pacific region, 29 deals were announced, which accounted for US$1.5 billion in deal value. 

The top five largest announced deals in Q2 2015 (based on deal value) accounted for US$2.1 billion or 62 per cent of total deal value. This is a significant decrease from Q1 2015 where the top five largest transactions accounted for US$12.0 billion or 98 per cent of total deal value. In addition, four of top five largest announced deals in Q2 2015 were focused in the Asia/Pacific and the EUMEA regions, whereas the top five largest deals in Q4 2014 were more focused in the Americas region. Furthermore, a number of the top five deals in Q2 2015 involved a mix of strategic buyers and financial buyers.

For more information or a copy of the report, contact Jordana E. Whetter at jordana.e.whetter@ca.pwc.com.