Mergers and acquisitions will be a big theme in the cryptocurrency space, according to PwC, after the value of M&A deals in the sector doubled year over year in 2020.
In a report published on Monday, the Big Four accounting firm revealed that the average M&A deal size jumped by 174% from $19.2 million to $52.7 million, with four deals valued at more than $100 million in 2020. The firm also revealed that transactions are shifting away from the Americas, with 60% occurring in Asia and Europe compared to 2019.
Transactions, according to PwC, are also more spread out across categories.
“With increasing interest in crypto from retail and institutional investors following the positive market momentum, it is not surprising to see increase M&A in the broader train sector,” the report said.
The report comes amid a rapid rise of interest in the cryptocurrency space, with bitcoin, the most popular digital asset, rising 600% in the past year alone. While many bitcoin bears continue to criticize cryptocurrencies, many advocates are expecting the boom to continue amid rising interest from both retail buyers and institutions.
The UK-based firm, in the report, then outlined the three trends to expect in the M&A activity in the crypto space across the globe after a record-breaking 2020.
Crypto M&A will be be driven by large players
PwC said it expects to see further consolidation in the industry with larger, well-funded, and profitable firms seeking to continue their M&A activities. “We expect the focus to be not on the acquisition of smaller competitors but rather of firms that offer ancillary services to their current offering,” the report said, referring to crypto media, data, and compliance research.
Institutionalization of the crypto industry will continue
The firm said it predicts a steady continuation of institutionalization of cryptocurrencies, driven by the rally in the price of the digital tokens as well as heightened media attention on central bank digital currency (CBDC), stablecoins, decentralized finance (DeFi), and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). PwC said all these will serve as catalysts to more institutions wanting to enter the space through investing or acquiring.
M&A, as well as fundraising, will increase
Based on the in the first quarter of 2021, PwC said it expects the number and value of M&A deals to increase this year. It also said it sees more activity comeing from Asia-Pacific and EMEA reagions.
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