Canada Expects Another Strong Year for M&As, New Record Unlikely

Canada is expected to see another strong year in 2022 in terms of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) but a new record is unlikely. Thanks to low interest rates, and strong debt and equity markets, M&As in Canada reached an all time high in 2021.

2021’s record activity was also caused by pent-up demand from 2020 when the global markets had struggled with the effects of the pandemic. New activity could slow down in 2022 due to inflation and global supply chain issues.

Due to capital abundance and high valuations, global M&A also hit a record last year, easily surpassing the record set 15 years ago.

Over $349 billion worth of M&A activity were recorded in Canada in 2021, compared to $148.2 billion in 2020. The biggest deal was railroad operator Canadian Pacific’s $27 billion acquisition of U.S. railway Kansas City Southern.

Transportation and industrials were the top industries last year, with energy sector making a rebound thanks to recovery in oil and gas prices.

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