May 09, 2018
Original Source: Business in Vancouver (BIV)
Avigilon’s US$1B Sale Among Canada’s Few ‘Mega-deals' in Q1: Crosbie & Co.
Author: Tyler Orton
The US$1 billion sale of Vancouver tech firm Avigilon to Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE:MSI) was one of only a “small handful” of “mega-deals” announced during the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report on Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity.
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While the Canadian M&A market began the year at its highest pace in six years with 834 transactions, a May 9 report from Crosbie & Company Inc. reveals the total deal value amounted to $47 billion.
The total deal value during the same period a year earlier amounted to $80 billion Crosbie attributed the decline to both trade uncertainty and a drop in so-called mega-deals — transactions valued in excess of $1 billion.
The report said mega-deal activity was at its lowest in two years.
“Given that a significant portion of Canadian M&A activity is north-south with the U.S., it is possible that the uncertainty created by the ongoing NAFTA [North American Free Trade Agreement] renegotiations has caused acquirers to hit the ‘pause’ button on larger transactions,” the report stated.
Among the eight mega-deals announced in the first quarter, two of the targeted firms were based in B.C.
In addition to Avigilon, which specializes in software and hardware for video surveillance, Vancouver-based Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust announced its acquisition by The Blackstone Group LP in a deal worth $3.7 billion.