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Size Analysis: Transaction value surged to $124 billion in the latest quarter, marking a decrease compared to the previous quarter. Similarly, the number of transactions declined by 7, continuing a trend that has persisted since 2021 Q1. In the public sector, companies within the industry collectively reached a total market capitalization of $5 trillion, reflecting a slight increase compared to previous quarters. However, there was a decrease in the number of companies in the sector, indicating some companies exited the space.

Public Market Dynamics: Among the top 20 players in the industry, some performed in alignment with the market, while the bottom 20 also performed an increase. The number of companies operating in this sector experienced a decline across various geographical regions, notably in Africa and Europe, where more companies exited. North America remained the leading contributor to industry revenues, followed by Asia. Net profit margin and gross profit margins showed improvements compared to the previous quarter.

Transaction Trends: The quarter reported a total of 14,884 transactions, representing a slight decrease compared to the previous quarter. However, the cumulative value of transactions increased. Notably, public offerings saw an uptick compared to the last quarter, while private placements declined.

Dispersion Insights: Out of the 547 M&A transactions, 259 occurred in North America, followed by 130 in Europe and 97 in Asia. The industry saw a higher number of public offerings compared to private placements, with North America leading in this activity space.


We screened CapitalIQ using its industry classification. Transactions were filtered by announced date within the last 3 years. Companies were filtered by having a public company type. The main industries selected were "Consumer Discretionary" and "Consumer Services". CapitalIQ sector "Media and Entertainment" and subsectors "Recreational Goods", "Sporting Goods", and "Sports and Related Services" were used to screen the database. CapitalIQ groups "Entertainment", "Media", and "Interactive Media and Services" were used as categories while "Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure" and "Leisure Products" were used to determine the "Sport" category. Our sectors were defined by keywords from the CapitalIQ market intelligent industry classification and CapitalIQ primary industry classification.


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