Zephyr database shows Western European M&A value rises in November

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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies in Western Europe in November rose in terms of aggregate deal value with an 8 per cent increase recorded against a 23 per cent decline by volume according to the Zephyr database published by Bureau van Dijk, the leading business intelligence company.

Zephyr report on Merger and Acquisition activity for November 2013

M&A activity in Western Europe increased slightly in November, giving those watching the markets something to be positive about in the run up to the end of the year

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies in Western Europe in November rose in terms of aggregate deal value with an 8 per cent increase recorded against a 23 per cent decline by volume. There were 1,537 deals worth a combined EUR 49,761 million in November, compared to 2,007 transactions valued at EUR 46,277 million in October, according to information collected by the leading M&A database Zephyr.

The picture is less positive in a year-on-year comparison as volume was down on 12 months ago (November 2012: 1,911). Value also failed to reach the EUR 60,386 million recorded in November 2012.

Private equity and venture capital investments targeting companies in the region weakened in November on the lack of big ticket deals as there were just 175 transactions worth an aggregate EUR 5,095 million signed off in November, down from the 239 transactions valued at EUR 6,566 million in October.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, commented, “M&A activity in Western Europe increased slightly in November, giving those watching the markets something to be positive about in the run up to the end of the year. Private equity was less impressive when compared with October, but did surpass results from January, February, March and August 2013.”

According to the Zephyr database, there were 11 M&A deals targeting companies based in Western Europe with values of more than EUR 1,000 million in November, the largest of which involved French Bank BNP Paribas purchasing the remaining 25 per cent share of its Belgian subsidiary BNP Paribas Fortis for EUR 3,250 million. This one deal accounted for 80 per cent of the Benelux country’s total M&A value of EUR 4,088 million in November.

The Zephyr database also shows, in terms of value, M&A dealmaking favoured companies based in the Netherlands as there was EUR 8,290 million-worth of announced transactions recorded in November, ahead of the UK (EUR 8,021 million) and Italy (EUR 7,536 million). An increase in the value of M&A activity targeting companies based in countries such as France, Norway and Belgium came at the expense of investment in Germany, Spain, Denmark, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland, among others.

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Zephyr Editorial
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Notes to Editors:
The date range is 01/11/2013 - 27/11/2013 inclusive.
Activity is based on the activity of the target company.
Deal status is announced, completed, pending or unconditional.
The sector breakdown uses targets' activities as defined to be ‘Major Sectors’ by Zephyr.
The Western Europe region covers target companies in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

About Zephyr
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 30 languages and use native language and English sources in their deal enquiries. http://www.zephyrdealdata.com

About Bureau van Dijk
Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world’s leading publishers of electronic business and company information. The company has over 30 offices worldwide. BvD is best known for its range of international company information products that combines multiple high-quality data sources with flexible software to allow users to manipulate data for research, marketing intelligence and analysis. Products include Fame, Orbis, Amadeus, Bankscope, Isis and Osiris. BvD also publishes the global M&A database, Zephyr. http://www.bvdinfo.com

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