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M&A Global Trends Show Stagnation With Some Regions Improving

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September 26, 2013

Global M&A is not growing this year compared to last year, despite some noteworthy deals taking place in the first nine months of the year, according to Merrill Datasite’s latest monthly M&A
report for August 2013.

 

Its analysts say the M&A market is largely stagnant and are predicting mainly domestic deals going forward. They did note that dealmakers are looking abroad for growth and expansion which could affect figures in 2014.  Most regions globally were down in activity for the summer months, except for the Middle East, which was up by 47% over the previous quarter, also up from the same period last year.

 

The other bright spot was Europe which was also up (19%). North America’s largest deal prior to September was Hellman Friedman acquisition of Hub International for USD 4.4 billion. The TMT sector was particularly strong last month in the US, says the report. The largest strategic deal was a USD 22.7 billion telecoms transaction involving KPN and America Movil.

 

The graphic here shows the sector breakdown with Energy and Mining topping the deals by value and Industrial topping by number of deals done.  (Image Source: Merrill Datasite)

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