North American M&A Deal Value Drops in November

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Bureau van Dijk Publishes November 2012 North America M&A Report from Zephyr Database

Although the results are a little disappointing, it is worth remembering November can often be a quiet month for deal-making. I’m sure this is just a brief lull before activity picks up once again.

The value of merger and acquisition(M&A) deals targeting North American companies fell 45 percent in November to USD 74,531 million from a year-high of USD 136,417 million in October. However, the result is 17 percent higher when compared to the same month last year when USD 63,729 million was recorded.

Volume was also weaker over the four weeks, sliding from 1,359 in October to 993 transactions in November.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “Although the results are a little disappointing, it is worth remembering November can often be a quiet month for deal-making. I’m sure this is just a brief lull before activity picks up once again.”

The weakening was echoed in both the US and Canada as deal value in both countries almost halved in November, from USD 120,578 million in October to USD 66,106 million in the former, and from USD 15,839 million to USD 8,425 million in the latter.

Volume in the two countries also fell over the four weeks, from 1,007 to 714 transactions in the US, and 352 deals to 280 in Canada.

The drop in general North American M&A deal value in November was also reflected, to a lesser extent, in the region’s private equity and venture capital investment. Deal value slipped 13 percent from USD 13,669 million to USD 11,902 million, while volume dropped from 370 to 262 transactions.

Just three transactions topped the USD 1,000 million-mark in November, the highest of which was an agreement by publishing group McGraw-Hill Companies to sell its education business to Apollo Global Management for USD 2,500 million.

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Zephyr is an information solution containing M&A, IPO and venture capital deals and rumours with links to detailed financial company information. Zephyr covers various deal types including M&A activity, IPOs, joint ventures and private equity deals. It’s published by Bureau van Dijk (BvD). The deals on Zephyr are linked to the company financials and peer reports on BvD's product range, which includes Orbis, Amadeus and Fame, for company valuation and benchmarking.

Zephyr contains information on over 1 million deals. Approximately 75,000 deals are added each year depending on levels of deal activity. Zephyr has no minimum deal value. All deal information is translated into English. Zephyr's UK-based researchers speak 35 languages and use native language and English sources in their deal enquiries.
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