May 30, 2017

U.S. M&A is falling short of 2016

There has been nearly $468 billion of announced M&A activities for U.S. companies in 2017, but that figure is 9% lower than it was at this time last year, according to Thomson Reuters. Included is a 37% drop in foreign companies buying U.S. companies and a 22% decline in U.S. companies buying one another. The only positive figure is a whopping 77% climb in private equity-backed deals for U.S. companies.

Data: Thomson Reuters; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon / Axios

Global context: Worldwide M&A is up 6% over the same period, including a 54% boost in private equity-backed deals.

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