29 March 2021

Media M&A defies pandemic

Is Media M&A one of the few winners in 2020?

Global media-related M&A topped USD $130 billion in the second half of 2020 and the average deal value increased by 14% according to our latest analysis of deal activity in the media sector; MEDIAtalk. 

These headline figures underscore the media sector’s staying power through a very difficult year. With COVID-19 affecting every sector and economy to some extent, media M&A has emerged as a resilient sector across the globe. 

COVID-19 restrictions have affected subsectors in different ways creating new winners and losers and changing consumer behaviour. Deal activity saw premiums placed on businesses with strong tech and digitalisation plans. On the other hand deals targeting under-performing businesses were slower to materialise.

This edition shines a spotlight on US, a key market for media M&A, and the prospects for a busy 2021 with increased deal flow and investment.

Download our latest MEDIAtalk report covering media M&A activity. In this report we explore global and UK media M&A values, private equity’s (PE) role in driving acquisitions, the hot sectors driving activity, we spotlight the US, and we look ahead to 2021.

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