March 15, 2019

M&A Activity Boosts Capital Inflow to the U.S.

Attractive pricing relative to value and motivation to efficiently deploy large amounts of capital contributed to a huge year for M&A activity, particularly in the retail sector. Including assets acquired through entity-level deals, inbound capital to the U.S. in 2018 was up by 79% from 2017. Cross-border investment volume of individual assets and portfolios (excluding entity-level) decreased moderately.

U.S. outflows increased by 24% last year, as investors sought new opportunities for yield. Significantly more capital was deployed to Europe (up 31% from 2017), where a favorable forward exchange rate between the dollar and the euro provides U.S. investors an opportunity to lock in additional returns by purchasing forward contracts to hedge against currency risk.

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