M&A Facts 'n Stats: June 2014

Mergermarket is releasing some interesting Illinois trends and stats following the Tyson Foods competing bid (against Pilgrim’s Pride) for Hillshire Brands, a Chicago, IL-based company. As you can see from these, the value of the impending deal will only add to an already very active year.

Take a look:

  • Illinois has seen 93 companies targeted so far in 2014 worth a combined total of US$ 45.5bn
  • The value of M&A in Illinois to-date is already 37.5% higher than the whole of 2013 (US$ 33.1bn)
  • H1 2014 is the highest valued first half of any year since the peak in 2007 which was valued at US$ 132bn
  • Illinois historically receives most of its investment from outside of the state which so far accounts for 90.4% of the total
  • The largest deal so far this year was the acquisition of Pepco Holdings for US$ 12.1bn which takes over a quarter of the entire share of deal value (26.6%)
  • The subject of the bidding war, Hillshire brands, is currently still involved in the second largest deal of the year in its US$ 6.7bn bid for Pinnacle Foods
  • The proportion of the Midwest’s deals that come from Illinois targeted M&A has been above 40% for the last two years, the highest since 2007’s high at 57.6%. So far this year the share is at 46.9%, this year could see an increased influence in values from the state

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