US Deal-Making Props Up North American M&A

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Bureau van Dijk publishes August 2013 North America M&A report from Zephyr.

At this time of the year we must expect a quieter period in M&A activity, but private equity investment picture is surprisingly bright, and shows that there is a returning appetite for large transactions.

There were 1,028 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies in North America worth a combined USD 93,968 million in August 2013. The typically quiet holiday month led to a decline of 14 percent by value over the four weeks from 1,194 totalling USD 134,695 million in July 2013.

The value of M&A activity in August was certainly not the weakest of the 12-month period under review but the decline was starkly highlighted by July’s result, which was a 30 percent increase month-on-month and the second-highest recorded for the period.

In a year-on-year comparison, value remained fairly level, though volume was down by a fifth from August 2012.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “At this time of the year we must expect a quieter period in M&A activity, but the private equity investment picture is surprisingly bright and shows that there is a returning appetite for large transactions.”

In contrast to the decline in M&A activity targeting North American companies, the value of private equity investments targeting North American companies in August leapt to a 12-month high, in spite of a decline in volume, thanks to a single blockbuster deal.

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

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