Mergers and Acquisitions – Long Term Trends and Waves

Mergers and Acquisitions – Long Term Trends and Waves

 

I can see now how low interest rates begets low interest rates.

Low Interest Rates and Business Investments seem to have a Circular Causality.

Low Interest rates result in low investments as a result of business decisions by corporations.  Low Investments result in Low Interest Rates as a result of Monetary Policy response to boost investments.

As a result, M&A activity, thus, increases.

 

Historical Trends and Cycles

A. Long Term Interest Rates

From Real Interest Rates Over the Long Run

real-interest-rates

 

B. Business Investments

From Real Interest Rates Over the Long Run

investments

 

C.  Merger and Acquisitions
From M&A Statistics

usmabest

D. Worldwide Monthly M&A

From M&A Statistics

maaworld

ma-monthly

 

Mergers and Acquisitions Waves

  • THE FIRST WAVE: 1897 – 1904
  • THE SECOND WAVE: 1916 – 1929
  • THE THIRD WAVE: 1965 – 1969
  • THE FOURTH WAVE: 1984 – 1989
  • THE FIFTH WAVE: 1992 – 2000
  • THE SIXTH WAVE: 2003 – 2007

 

These waves are typically labeled as

  • the horizontal merger wave of the 1890s,
  • the vertical mergers of the 1920s,
  • the conglomerate merger wave of the 1960s,
  • the refocusing wave of the 1980s,
  • and the global wave of the 1990s
  • the private equity/LBO led wave of 2000s

 

From  The Business Environment / Mergers and Merger Waves: A Century of Cause and Effect / Killian J. McCarthy

Mergers are everyday occurrences. And individual mergers can be motivated by any number of motives. Proportionately, however, history tells us that most mergers are announced during a merger wave; that is, during a period of intense activity, which is usually followed by an interval of relatively less intense activity. And merger waves are very different animals.

Since the late 19th century, the world has experienced a number of major merger waves (see Figure 2.1). The first (ca. 1895–1904) and second (ca. 1918–1929) of these merger waves were US-based events, driven by changes in the physical operating environment of a US firm (Weston et al., 2004; Gaughan, 2010). The third (ca. 1960–1969) was driven, among other factors, by the rise of modern management theory (Weston & Mansinghka, 1971); a theory which spread from the USA to the UK. The fourth – the first anti-merger wave (ca. 1981–1989) – occurred when corporate raiders discovered that many of the conglomerates created in the 1960s were worth less than the sum of their parts (Shleifer & Vishny, 1991; Allen et al., 1995). And during this period, merger activity spread from the USA to the UK, and then to Continental Europe. The fifth (ca. 1991–2001) was driven by deregulation, market liberalization and globalization (Andrade et al., 2001; de Pamphilis, 2008; Gaughan, 2010), and during this merger wave records were broken in all regions (Sudarsanam and Mahate, 2003), as the wave spread from its usual North American base to engulf Europe and then Asia (de Pamphilis, 2008). Finally, in the sixth wave (ca 2003–2008), private equity firms took advantage of historically low interest rates to make speculative acquisitions. This was the first merger wave of the 21st century, and perhaps the first truly global merger wave.

 

Mergers and Acquisitions have gone up considerably in last few years.  2015 was the best year ever in history of M&A.  2016 also will prove to be almost as good as 2015.  As the interest rates rise, the M&A activity will pick up as companies would like to lock-in current low interest rates for capital.  Forward guidance by the Fed Reserve on interest rates increases for 2017 is also going to influence M&A decisions.

 

Key Sources of Research:

 

Real Interest Rates Over the Long Run

Decline and convergence since the 1980s

Kei-Mu Yi

Jing Zhang

 

https://www.minneapolisfed.org/~/media/files/pubs/eppapers/16-10/kei-mu-yi-epp.pdf

 

 

M&A Statistics

https://imaa-institute.org/mergers-and-acquisitions-statistics/

 

 

Monthly M&A Insider – December 2016

http://mergermarketgroup.com/publication/ma-insider-december-2016/#.WIFzPrG-JUE

 

 

US M&A News and Trends

 

https://www.factset.com/mergerstat_em/monthly/US_Flashwire_Monthly.pdf

 

 

2015 M&A TRENDS

financial.thomsonreuters.com

 

 

Eat or Be Eaten: A Theory of Mergers and Merger Waves

Gary Gorton, Matthias Kahl, Richard Rosen

NBER Working Paper No. 11364
Issued in May 2005

http://www.nber.org/papers/w11364

 

 

Understanding mergers and acquisitions: activity since 1990

Greg N. Gregoriou and Luc Renneboog

 

https://booksite.elsevier.com/samplechapters/9780750682893/02~Chapter_1.pdf

 

 

THE Q-THEORY OF MERGERS

Boyan Jovanovic Peter L. Rousseau

Working Paper 8740 http://www.nber.org/papers/w8740

http://www.nber.org/papers/w8740.pdf

 

 

Mergers as Reallocation

Boyan Jovanovic and Peter L. Rousseau

October 2002

http://www.nber.org/papers/w9279.pdf?new_window=1

 

 

Mergers and Technological Change: 1885-1998

Boyan Jovanovic and Peter L. Rousseau∗

May 15, 2001

 

http://www.econ.nyu.edu/user/jovanovi/merge23a.pdf

 

 

Corporate Governance and Merger Activity in the U.S.: Making Sense of the 1980s and 1990s

Bengt R. Holmström

Steven N. Kaplan

February 2001

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=261112

 

 

”What drives merger waves?”

Harford, Jarrad.

Journal of Financial Economics, V ol.77(2005):.529-560.

 

 

The Determinants of Merger Waves: An International Perspective

Dennis C. Mueller

Klaus Peter Gugler

2008

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1275293

 

 

The Determinants of Merger Waves

Klaus Peter Gugler

Dennis C. Mueller

B. Burcin Yurtoglu

January 2006

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=507282

 

 

Economists’ Hubris – The Case of Mergers and Acquisitions

Shahin Shojai

June 14, 2009

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1418986&download=yes

 

 

New Evidence and Perspectives on Mergers

Gregor Andrade

Mark L. Mitchell

Erik Stafford

January 2001

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=269313&download=yes

 

 

AN OVERVIEW ON THE DETERMINANTS OF MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS WAVES

Vancea Mariana

University of Oradea Faculty f Economics

http://steconomiceuoradea.ro/anale/volume/2012/n2/055.pdf

 

 

DRIVERS OF MERGER WAVES A Revisit

Soegiharto

https://journal.ugm.ac.id/index.php/gamaijb/article/viewFile/5586/4557

 

 

Business Cycle and Aggregate Industry Merger

Srdan Komlenovic1, Abdullah Mamun2 & Dev Mishra2

University of Saskatchewan

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.527.8260&rep=rep1&type=pdf

 

 

Are There Waves in Merger Activity After All?

Dennis L. Gärtner and Daniel Halbheer

August 2008

ftp://ftp.repec.org/opt/ReDIF/RePEc/iso/ISU_WPS/92_ISU_full.pdf

 

 

Strategic merger waves: A theory of musical chairs

Flavio Toxvaerd

Journal of Economic Theory 140 (2008) 1 – 26

 

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.557.4982&rep=rep1&type=pdf

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