In this second alert in our series discussing M&A in the COVID-19 era, we will address potential acquirers in the marketplace. As we posited in our last release, the COVID-19 pandemic will most certainly create opportunities for buyers poised to act fast to seize good deals when they arise.
We are now more than a month into the U.S. COVID-19 shutdown and several months into the broader global crisis. The impact on U.S. and global M&A activity has been both sudden and severe. Global M&A for Q1 2020 is down 33% as compared to Q1 2019; and the value of announced mergers in the U.S. is down more than 50%.