Q1 2018 review: record deal values for the power and utilities sector

A recent report by Ernst & Young (the Report) has concluded that the power and utilities (P&U)  is thriving, as global deal value in the first quarter of 2018 reached an all-time high of US$97 billion. This rise has predominately been driven by mega-deals, with only 15 deals forming 90% of the total global deal value in the P&U sector. Owners of P&U assets can continue to expect premium asset valuations and highly favourable transaction terms as investors compete for a limited amount of attractive investment opportunities within the sector. The Report identifies the following factors as contributory factors in the significant rise of deal value in Q1, 2018: Demand based factors: Shortage of desirable investment opportunities: investors have been attracted to large global network deals, which are becoming increasingly scarce. Increased attractiveness of renewable energy investment: nearly half of all investments were in renewables. This…

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