Q4 2019 SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: Latin America’s Dealmakers Miss Out

LATAM’s M&A woes set to continue in H2 2019

14 August 2019


Following a disappointing first half of 2019 for mergers and acquisitions in Latin America, when the number of announced mergers & acquisitions (M&A) deals fell by 11 percent year-over-year (YOY), dealmakers in the region can only look enviously at the rest of the world.

That’s one of the forecasts in the Q4 2019 issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. The number of announced M&A deals in LATAM is predicted to fall by around 4 percent YOY in H2 2019. Meanwhile, the rest of the world is set for 5 percent growth.

A mixed picture

While M&A activity overall in the region is forecast to be down, based on volumes of early-stage due diligence M&A activity in LATAM-wide virtual data rooms over the past six months, Brazil, Mexico and Peru may show somewhat higher levels of M&A announcements in the second half of 2019, compared with the same period in 2018, whereas levels of M&A announcements are expected to be flat to declining in Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Any positive growth is expected to come from the Healthcare, Energy & Power and Materials sectors.

An uncertain environment

Unlike in 2018, when the LATAM region enjoyed a resurgent 7 percent increase in the number of announced M&A deals over 2017, this year the region’s M&A activity is expected to decline by 7 percent YOY.

Dealmakers in LATAM are having to deal with an unprecedented combination of forces as they navigate the remainder of 2019 and look ahead to 2020: a slowing global and regional economy, disruption to trade and supply chains by the escalating U.S.-China tariff war, jittery financial markets and the deep humanitarian crisis and economic implosion in Venezuela.

Find out more in the Q4 2019 issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor. Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of mergers and acquisitions activity, the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions globally that are in preparation or have begun due diligence.

Download your copy here and explore our interactive digital site for more data.

Along with our forecasts of M&A activity by region and sector for the next six months, the latest issue of the SS&C Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes:

  • A spotlight feature on the conglomerate: Are we seeing its demise?

  • An interview with Paul Aversano, managing director in Alvarez & Marsal’s private equity services practice and the global practice leader of the firm’s Transaction Advisory Group, on what M&A dealmakers need to understand to navigate the current “vortex of volatility”

Claudio Yamashita

Claudio Yamashita

Claudio Yamashita is a vice president at SS&C Intralinks and is responsible for sales and business development in Latin America. He has more than 15 years of experience in technology and collaboration solutions with global software companies such as Oracle, Ericsson and Amdocs. During his career, he has focused on empowering companies with cloud-enabled technologies and services to help organizations improve efficiency with high-level security.