It is a slow start For M&A in 2012, according to Zephyr statistics. Data provider Zephyr has released several reports on M&A and PE activity for key M&A markets, including Europe, North America, Iberia, Middle East and Asia Pacific, as well as South Africa.
Zephyr said that despite continuing unrest in the region, deal activity targeting Middle Eastern companies remains strong, as value increased from USD 2.2 billion to USD 5.7 billion. (See graphic). This was also an improvement on the Q1 2011 figure. In all other regions, Zephyr found lower activity, both in terms of value and number of deals done.
The trend is different for PE activity. Zephyr, which also tracks PE dealmaking said that globally there was a “massive increase” in February, from USD 8.5 billion to USD 20.6 billion. The figure is also up on the year-ago period, when value stood at USD 19.9 billion, according to Zephyr. (Image Source: Zephyr First Quarter 2012ME Report)