Top 3 M&A Financial Advisers Deals Rose Above $555 Billion
According to research data analyzed and published by Stock Apps, there was a 15.1% YoY decline in the number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals in H1 2020. Globally, the number dropped to 24,698 compared to 29,096 in H1 2019. Similarly, the total deal value sank by 44.7% from $1.85 trillion to $1.02 trillion.
However, according to Refinitive, Q3 2020 got off to a record start with at least 21 deals valued at $5 billion or more. These deals were worth a total of $256 billion.
Deal Value Down by 31% in First Eight Months of 2020
Goldman Sachs had the highest deal value during H1 2020, serving as an adviser in 113 deals worth $205.9 billion. Among these deals were 41 billion-dollar transactions, including five deals worth $10 billion or more.
As a result, it was the only firm to surpass the $200 billion mark. It outpaced the second adviser, JP Morgan, by a huge margin as the latter had $178.9 billion. In total, the top three firms by deal value accounted for almost half of the total with $555.6 billion.
Only five of the top 20 advisers had positive growth year-over-year (YoY) in H1 2020, led by Societe Generale at 3,722.91%. Evercore had the largest decline of 91.15% YoY.
In terms of deal volume, Ernst & Young took the lead with 137 deals worth $30.6 billion. Deloitte had the biggest drop of 54.81%. According to PwC, there were only three megadeals in Q2 2020 compared to 18 in Q2 2019.
In Q3 2020, August saw a remarkable performance with nine deals worth $5 billion or higher. The tech sector led the surge with 27% of all activity worldwide. However, despite the strong activity noted in Q3, global deal activity was still down by 31% between January and August 2020. The US led the drop with a 50% decline, while APAC grew 9% and Europe rose by 2%.
CBN Maintains 11.5 Percent Monetary Policy Rate, Leaves Other Ratios Unchanged
The Central Bank of Nigeria led Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has left the interest rate unchanged at 11.5 percent to further stimulate activities in the real sector of the economy.
Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria disclosed this at the end of the MPC meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said other parameters, the Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR), Liquidity ratio, and asymmetric corridor, were left unchanged.
According to the Governor, the committee voted unanimously to maintain the current monetary policy and attributed the surge in inflation to structural policies, the increase in pump price and the recent #EndSARS protest.
Highlights of CBN-MPC’s Decision
- MPR was kept at 11.50%
- The asymmetric corridor of +100/-700 basis points around the MPR
- CRR was retained at 27.5%
- Liquid Ratio was also kept at 30%
Unity Bank Grew Gross Earnings by 8 Percent to N34 Billion in Nine Months
Unity Bank Plc grew gross earnings by 8 percent despite COVID-19 and other headwinds that hurt the profitability of most businesses in the first nine months of the year.
A break down of the bank’s unaudited financial results for the period showed gross earnings rose by 8 percent to N33.91 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2020, up from N31.26 billion posted in the same period of last year.
The lender’s total assets rose by 44 percent from N293.05 billion in the corresponding period of 2019 to N420.87 billion in the period under review.
Unity Bank grew profit before tax from N1.61 billion in 2019 to N1.71 billion in the period under review, while profit after tax expanded from N1.48 billion in the corresponding period to N1.57 billion in 2020.
Customers’ deposits stood at N332.36 billion during the period under review, up from N257.69 billion posted in 2019.
Commenting on the performance, Mrs. Tomi Somefun, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Unity Bank Plc, expressed delight at the strong growth recorded across the bank’s balance sheet, especially from both the liability and assets side of the business and across key indices.
She said, “even as the bank continues to innovate in its e-business product bouquet to target and support value chain business with robust technology and thus diversify its earnings base.”
Somefun said, “One of the areas that will define our strategic direction going forward is investment in alternative channels, leveraging further deployment of resources in technology.
“COVID-19 gave us a chance to test the integrity and scalability of our technology, the IT infrastructure, and the electronic banking channels, and provided us an opportunity to see where we needed to improve and strengthen, knowing that the future of sustainable banking business is in alternative channels.”
Financial Sector Grew by 6.8 Percent in the Third Quarter
The finance and insurance sector that comprises of both the financial institutions and insurance subsectors grew by 5.91 percent year-on-year in nominal terms in the third quarter (Q3).
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) latest report, the financial institutions’ subsector accounted for 88.89 percent of the sector in real terms in the quarter under review while the insurance subsector contributed the remaining 11.11 percent.
During the third quarter of 2020, the financial institutions’ subsector grew by 6.8 percent in Q3 2020 from 28.41 percent in Q2 2020 and 0.61 percent in Q3 2019 despite COVID-19 and a tough operating environment. The insurance subsector, however, contracted by -18.67 percent in Q3 2020 from -29.53 percent in Q2 2020 and 3.96 percent in Q3 2019.
On a quarterly basis, the sector declined by 24.76 percent.
In terms of contribution to GDP, the finance and insurance sector contributed 2.46 percent in Q3 2020, higher than the 2.40 percent it represented a year ago and lower than the contribution of 3.76 percent achieved in the previous quarter.
The economy contracted by 3.62 percent in the third quarter following a 6.10 percent decline posted in the second quarter. Nigeria is officially in the second economic recession in four years.
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