Total aerospace & defence M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $23.09bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 2116.2% over the previous quarter and a rise of 315.9% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $5.56bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $22.92bn. At the country level, the United States topped the list in terms of deal value at $22.09bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for aerospace & defence M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2018 was the United States with 20 deals, followed by the United Kingdom with six and China with three.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, aerospace & defence M&As worth $43.92bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 28.5% year on year.

Aerospace & defence M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five aerospace & defence M&A deals accounted for 96.6% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five aerospace & defence M&A deals stood at $22.31bn, against the overall value of $23.09bn recorded for the quarter.

The top announced aerospace & defence M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was $17.82bn merger of Harris and L3 Technologies.

In second place was TransDigm Group’s acquisition of Esterline Technologies for $4.14bn and in third place was Longview Aviation Capital’s $228m asset transaction with Bombardier.

Bet Shemesh Engines’ $58.5m acquisition of Carmel Forge and Adani Defence Systems and Technologies’ acquisition of Alpha Design Technologies for $55.52m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.