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.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2013
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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