North American Merger and Acquisition Report, May 2020

By FirmoGraphs Staff
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Dear Readers

We are pleased to share FirmoGraphs' North American Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Report for the month of May.

FirmoGraphs recorded 48 completed transactions related to the North American market in 14 different industries. May is the second consecutive month with lower activity than the previous month. Clearly, the pandemic has impacted the market.

With 18 completed deals, Healthcare, again, came out on top! This is another COVID-19 direct consequence since many healthcare companies are trying to enter the immunology market.

As always, our focus is on those operationally-intensive industries that are of interest to our clients (utilities, manufacturing) rather than less asset-intensive markets (retail, banking).

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As in the previous month, there were ten completed transactions in the utility industry in the month of May. However, none of those transactions made highlights. Illinois American Water expanded its presence in its native state with three new acquisitions. It acquired water and wastewater systems of the city of Rosiclare and villages Andalusia and Shiloh. Renewables were the center of attraction in the power/electricity sector.

Oil Industry

Only one completed transaction was announced in May. It was the National Fuel Gas Company’s purchase of U.S. Appalachia Assets from Royal Dutch Shell for $541 million.

Engineered Products

FirmoGraphs recorded five completed transactions in the month of May in this industry. It’s the lowest level of activity in more than a year. With the lack of major completed deals, the most significant event was Alstom’s announcement that it is proceeding with a $6.7 billion deal with Bombardier under existing terms.


Healthcare was by far the most active industry in May, with 18 completed transactions. The biggest deal was the acquisition of Allergan by AbbVie in a deal worth $63 billion. This is one of the biggest M&A deals in the history of the healthcare industry.

Healthcare is one of those rare industries that haven’t been drastically affected by the COVID19 pandemic. One of the reasons for that is that many big players are buying smaller developers of COVID19 related products.

Other industries

Among other industries, there’s only one transaction that stands out. It was Leidos’ purchase of L3Harris Technologies' Security Detection and Automation businesses for $1 billion.

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Announced Future Deals

In addition to completed transactions, FirmoGraphs recorded 16 announced future deals in six different industries. This is another result of high business uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Among announced deals, two are particularly significant:

  • SSR Mining’s acquisition of Alacer Gold for $1.72 billion;
  • $1.41 billion worth merger between Alexion Pharmaceuticals and Portola Pharmaceuticals.

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FirmoGraphs watches North American industrial news and curates a normalized version of monthly merger and acquisition information. This way, you can leverage the Merger Mart along with others (such as Power, Water) to generate your own unique observations for the US industrial market.  

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