CANADA - Canadian pension funds kept mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the country afloat in the third quarter, according to PwC.
A high level of Canadian pension fund deal making during the third quarter "sheltered a broader Canadian market downturn" found a PwC Capital Markets Flash report on quarterly deals.
The third quarter saw 756 Canadian M&A announcements worth close to $51bn. Canadian pension funds accounted for over $15bn of this, an increase of over 40% from the previous quarter. This increase in pension fund activity pushed private equity's proportion of the market to a post-crisis high of 41%, PwC said.
Mega-deals represented only 0.94% of all third quarter deals, but contributed 59% to aggregate deal values.
Excluding a small number of large Canadian pension fund deals and other pension fund activity, the value of third quarter M&A was 25% lower than the second quarter.
PwC Canadian deals leader and report author, Kristian Knibutat said: "In essence, large financial institutions and pension fund buying held up the market while the traditional middle market withered and habitual dealmakers in the mining sector stayed on the sidelines."
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