Canada - M&A Statistics

M&A Information about Canada. In this section, we provide you some information about M&A with regards to national transactions within Canada and cross-border M&A from and to Canada. The IMAA Insitute offers full individual and corporate members additional prepared research covering a broad range of topics.

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M&A Canada – Mergers & Acquisitions Canada

In this section of the M&A statistics, we collect and regularly update information on national deals as well as cross-border transactions from (outbound) and into (inbound) Canada. As a free user or paying member of our Institute, you have full access and can also download this M&A data (please see our Membership section to sign in or to register).

Announced M&A in Canada by Numbers & Value by Years

Since 1985, more than 59’600 mergers & acquisitions transactions have been announced with a known value of almost 3’400 bil. USD. In 2007, a new record has been broken in terms of transaction number and value with 362.6 bil. USD and 3380 transactions.

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Announced Monthly M&A in Canada

In August 2016, 188 transactions with a value of 25.6 bil. USD have been announced. Compared with August last year, this represents an increase of +12.6% in terms of numbers. The month with the highest number of deals was May 2007 with 398 deals and the month with the highest value was June 2007 with a value of 73.26 bil. EUR.

The month with the highest frequency of deals is June with 5’156 deals which represents 9% of all M&A. February is the month with the lowest frequency with 4354 transactions which are 7.6% of the deals.

The month with the highest value of deals is June with 397.1 bil. USD of deals which represents 12.1% of all M&A transactions. And April is the month with the lowest value with transactions worth 200.7 bil. USD which are 6.1% of all deals.

Announced Quarterly M&A in Canada

Announced M&A in Canada by Industries (2000-2016)

The industry with the largest number of transactions has been Materials– representing 31% with a total number of over 13’700 transactions. The second most active acquirers are companies from Energy and Power with 6543 deals accounting for 14.7% of transactions. High Technology companies are the third most frequent industry in terms of consolidation with 12.1% of all deals. 

The industry with the largest M&A activity in terms of transaction value has been the energy and power sector – representing 26.3% of all deals with a total value of  740 bil. USD. Second most important industry by value is the materials sector with 680 bil. USD worth of transactions. The financial industry reached the third rank with 238 bil. USD of deals.

Biggest Deals Canada

RankDateAcquirorNationTargetNationValue (in bil. USD)Value (in bil. EUR)Value (in bil.GBP)Status
101.26.2000Spin-offCanadaNortel Networks CorpCanada59.9765.5138.63Completed
206.20.2000Vivendi SAFranceSeagram Co LtdCanada40.4342.2326.75Completed
307.12.2007Rio Tinto Canada Holdings IncCanadaAlcan IncCanada37.6327.3718.56Completed
409.06.2016Enbridge IncCanadaSpectra Energy CorpUnited States28.2925.1321.07Completed
512.03.2014Enbridge Income FundCanadaEnbridge Inc-LiquidsCanada24.7921.8215.61Completed
605.11.2008Spin-offCanadaCenovus Energy IncCanada20.2613.7912.39Completed
707.23.2012CNOOC Canada Holding LtdCanadaNexen IncCanada19.1215.7812.34Completed
805.15.2006Xstrata PLCSwitzerlandFalconbridge LtdCanada17.4013.539.21Completed
908.11.2006Cia Vale do Rio Doce SABrazilInco LtdCanada17.1513.489.07Completed
1003.23.2009Suncor Energy IncCanadaPetro-CanadaCanada15.5811.4710.78Completed
1107.29.2008Teck Cominco LtdCanadaFording Canadian Coal TrustCanada13.608.646.82Completed
1208.24.2014Burger King Worldwide IncUnited StatesTim Hortons IncCanada13.4010.178.10Completed
1303.29.2017
Cenovus Energy Inc
CanadaFCCL Partnership
Canada13.2412.2410.63Pending
1308.30.2016Potash Corp of SaskatchewanCanadaAgrium IncCanada13.0911.659.87Pending
1403.17.2016TransCanada CorpCanadaColumbia Pipeline Group IncUnited States13.0011.639.10Completed
1506.09.2015CPPIB Credit Investments IncCanadaGE Antares CapitalUnited States12.0011.007.82Completed
1607.15.2013Loblaw Cos LtdCanadaShoppers Drug Mart CorpCanada11.879.097.86Completed
1709.28.2003Manulife Financial CorpCanadaJohn Hancock Finl Svcs IncUnited States11.069.676.70Completed
1809.04.2015Emera IncCanadaTECO Energy IncUnited States10.389.546.65Completed
1910.31.2005Barrick Gold CorpCanadaPlacer Dome IncCanada10.218.625.85Completed
2006.15.1998Northern Telecom LtdCanadaBay Networks IncUnited States9.278.505.67Completed
2109.10.2015Bank of Montreal,Ontario,CACanadaGen Elec Capital Corp-TranspUnited States8.907.895.76Completed
2208.31.2006Goldcorp IncCanadaGlamis Gold LtdUnited States8.676.774.55Completed
2310.02.2007Toronto-Dominion BankCanadaCommerce Bancorp,New JerseyUnited States8.646.104.23Completed
2403.09.2017
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd
Canada
Athabasca Oil Sands
Canada
8.317.886.83Pending
2412.15.2014Repsol SASpainTalisman Energy IncCanada8.296.625.26Completed

Announced M&A from Canada to Abroad (Outbound)

In 2016, Canadian companies have announced almost 650 acquisitions worth 102.1 bil. USD. Compared with the year before the numbers have decreased by -1.4% and their value has decreased by -36.7%. 

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Canada Acquisitions Abroad by Target Nation (2000-2016)

Below you will find a map of the number and value of transactions by Canadian companies abroad. Canadian companies acquire most companies in the United States, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Australia and Peru.

Map of acquisitions abroad by Numbers

Canada M&A Abroad by Value (in bil. USD)

M&A by Foreign Acquirers into Canada (Inbound)

In 2016, 469 deals by foreign companies into Canada have been announced. Compared with the year before the numbers have decreased by -7.2% and their value has decreased by -2.4%.

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Acquisitions by Foreign Companies into Canada by Acquirer Nation (2000-2016)

Below you will find maps of the numbers and value of transactions from foreign companies in Canada. Most frequent acquirers into Canada come from th United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, France and China and Hong Kong.

Map of Foreign M&A into Canada by Numbers

Map of Foreign M&A into Canada by Value (in bil. USD)

Announced M&A from Canada into the US

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Announced M&A from Canada into the US

Announced M&A from the US into Canada

Announced M&A from Canada into Germany

Announced M&A from Germany into Canada

Announced M&A from Canada into China and Hong Kong

Announced M&A from China and Hong Kong into Canada

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Unless otherwise stated source for all statistics is: Thomson Financial, Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances (IMAA) analysis.

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