Thursday 11, January 2018 by Jessica Combes

Middle Eastern inbound M&A stands at 10-year high of $9.8 billion


Thomson Reuters has released the 2017 investment banking analysis for the Middle East.

According to Thomson Reuters, Middle Eastern investment banking fees totalled an estimated $912.4 million during 2017, 0.1 per cent less than the value of fees recorded during 2016. Nadim Najjar, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters, said that debt capital markets underwriting fees totalled $256.3 million, up 102 per cent year-on-year and the highest full year total in the region since our records began in 2000.

Equity capital markets fees increased 118 per cent to $91.3 million, while fees generated from completed M&A transactions totalled $181.9 million, a 21 per cent decrease from last year and the lowest full year total since 2012. Syndicated lending fees declined 25 per cent year-on-year to $389.9 />

Debt capital markets fees accounted for 28 per cent of the overall Middle Eastern investment banking fee pool, the highest full year share since 2001.  Syndicated lending fees accounted for 42 per cent, while completed M&A advisory fees and equity capital markets underwriting fees accounted for 20 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively.  

HSBC earned the most investment banking fees in the Middle East during 2017, a total of $84.7 million for a 9.2 per cent share of the total fee pool.  Credit Suisse topped the completed M&A fee rankings with 13.7 per cent of advisory fees, while JP Morgan was first for DCM underwriting.  ECM underwriting was led by EFG Hermes with $12.91 million in ECM fees, or a 14.1 per cent share.  Industrial and Commercial Bank of China took the top spot in the Middle Eastern syndicated loans fee ranking. 

The value of announced M&A transactions with any Middle Eastern involvement reached $43.8 billion during 2017, 14 per cent less than the value recorded during 2016. Driven by Tronox’s $2.2 billion acquisition of Natl Titanium Dioxide business and Chinese stake acquisitions in Abu Dhabi’s giant onshore oil concession, inbound M&A stands at a 10-year high of $9.8 billion, up 117 per cent from this time last year.

Domestic and inter-Middle Eastern M&A declined 63 per cent year-on-year to $8.7 billion, while outbound M&A activity dropped 35 per cent to $10.8 billion.  Energy and power deals accounted for 41.9 per cent of Middle Eastern involvement M&A by value, while the financial sector dominated by number of deals. With Qatar Investment Authority’s involvement, China CEFC Energy Co’s acquisition of Rosneft Oil Co was the biggest deal with Middle Eastern involvement in 2017, with the Chinese company acquiring a 14.2 per cent stake of the Russian crude petroleum and natural gas producer.  

China International Capital and VTB Capital shared first place in the 2017 announced any Middle Eastern involvement M&A league table.  Citi took third place. 

Middle Eastern equity and equity-related issuance totalled $3.5 billion during 2017, a 36 per cent decline year-on-year and the second lowest year since 2009 for issuance in the region. Twelve initial public offerings raised $2.8 Billion and accounted for 80 per cent of the year's ECM activity in the region. Emaar Development PJSC IPO raised $1.3 Billion and stands out as the biggest deal for 2017.

Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Goldman Sachs share the first place in the 2017 Middle Eastern ECM ranking with a 20.5 per cent market share. 

“Bolstered by Saudi Arabia’s $12.4 billion international Islamic bond in September, Middle Eastern debt issuance reached $103.7 billion during 2017, 33 per cent more than the proceeds raised during last year and by far the best year in the region since records began in 1980,” added Najjar. “Saudi Arabia was the most active nation in the Middle East accounting for 30 per cent of activity by value, followed by the UAE with 27.8 per cent. International Islamic debt issuance increased 36 per cent year-on-year to reach $51.5 billion so far during 2017.”  

JP Morgan took the top spot in the Middle Eastern bond ranking during 2017 with a 15.5 per cent share of the market, while Malayan Banking Bhd took the top spot for Islamic DCM issuance with a 10.8 per cent share.



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