Facts & Stats: Aug 2013

H1 2013 Predicts Favorable M&A Deal Activity for H2

In the Americas, a handful of blockbuster deals in the first quarter hinted at a potential M&A market rebound. Overall, activity in the Americas was relatively flat. However there were 32 deals for companies valued at over US$2bn in the first half of 2013, covering industries such as Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), Energy, Consumer, Transportation and Life Sciences and Healthcare. Only 79 deals were announced in the middle market which is considerably below the pace of the last three years.

The TMT sector was a major driver of M&A in H1 2013, outperforming the same period last year in terms of deal value totals. Because TMT also sits at the top of the Americas Heat Chart with a total of 1,078 “companies for sale” stories written in the first half, it’s likely activity will remain strong going into the second half of the year.

Some key findings from the report include:

  • Bulge bracket deals placed the Consumer sector third highest in terms of value with US$56.9bn worth of announced deals
  • America topped the regional charts in terms of deal volume, followed by Europe and Asia-Pacific
  • The largest deal for the Americas involved the purchase of Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, who agreed to pay US$27.4bn

These findings come from the Americas Deal Drivers report, published by Mergermarket, in association with Merrill DataSite. It provides an extensive analysis of M&A activity in the Americas region, including in-depth studies of sector-specific activity, complete with league tables.

To view the full report, please click here.


Presented courtesy of:  Mergermarket, M&A Intelligence Partner of the M&A Leadership Council, mergermarket.com/info/

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