Here are the world's 10 largest M&A deals this year

BB&T/SunTrustSunTrust CEO Bill Rogers and BB&T CEO Kelly King fist bump to end a video announcement of the merger of their banks.

Chevron on Friday agreed to acquire Anadarko Petroleum in a transaction valued at $US47.5 billion, including equity and debt. Under the agreement, Chevron will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Anadarko for $US65 a share – a 37% premium to Thursday’s closing price. Anadarko shareholders will receive a mixture of cash and stock.

Chevron is the second-largest US energy company behind Exxon Mobil and the transaction will expand the company’s capabilities in US shale oil and gas production. Many industry commentators have indicated consolidation in the fragmented sector is overdue, prompting speculation of further deal activity.

This year, 108 deals with a value of over $US600 billion have been announced. North America was the most active region, however, Saudi Aramco’s $US61.9 billion purchase of Saudi Basic Industries was a notable transaction outside the region. Energy deals so far this year have topped $US110 billion, including both the Anadarko and the Saudi Basic Industries transactions.

Here are 10 of the largest M&A deals so far this year in ascending order of their valuation size:


Ultimate Software/Hellman & Friedman

Sector: High technology

Target name: Ultimate Software

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: An investor group led by Hellman & Friedman

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US10.4 billion

Date Announced: February 4, 2019

Source: Bloomberg


Newmont Mining/Goldcorp

Sector: Materials

Target name: Goldcorp

Target nation: Canada

Acquirer name: Newmont Mining

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US12.5 billion

Date Announced: January 14

Source: Bloomberg


Centene/Wellcare

Sector: Healthcare

Target name: Wellcare

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: Centene

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US13.5 billion

Date Announced: March 27

Source: Bloomberg


Danaher/GE’s biopharma business

Sector: Healthcare

Target name: GE’s biopharma business

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: Danaher

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US21.4 billion

Date Announced: February 25

Source: Bloomberg


BB&T/SunTrust Banks

Sector: Financials

Target name: SunTrust Banks

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: BB&T

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US27.9 billion

Date Announced: February 7

Source: Bloomberg


FiservFirst Data

Sector: Financials

Target name: First Data

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: Fiserv

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US38.2 billion

Date Announced: January 16

Source: Bloomberg


Fidelity National Information Services/Worldpay

Sector: High technology

Target name: Worldpay

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: Fidelity National Information Services

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US41.0 billion

Date Announced: March 18

Source: Bloomberg


Chevron/Anadarko

Sector: Oil services

Target name: Anadarko

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: Chevron

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US47.5 billion

Date Announced: April 12

Source: Bloomberg


Aramco/Saudi Basic Industries

Sector: Oil / Oil Services

Target name: Aramco

Target nation: Saudi Arabia

Acquirer name: Saudi Basic Industries

Acquirer nation: Saudi Arabia

Deal value net debt: $US69.1 billion

Date Announced: March 27

Source: Bloomberg


Bristol-Myers Squibb/Celgene

Sector: Healthcare

Target name: Celgene

Target nation: United States

Acquirer name: Bristol-Myers Squibb

Acquirer nation: United States

Deal value net debt: $US88.8 billion

Date Announced: January 3

Source: Bloomberg


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