North American M&A Value Down on December

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Bureau van Dijk Publishes January 2014 North America M&A Report from

It is not unheard of for deal-making activity to decline after year-end as companies take stock and assess their objectives for the coming year.

The value of transactions targeting companies based in North America during January decreased by 25 percent month-on-month, but was still up on a year ago.

There were 1,063 deals worth a combined USD 91,591 million in the four weeks under review, compared to USD 122,616 million the previous month and USD 75,576 million in January 2013. Despite the decline month-on-month, value remained higher than November, when deal-making worth USD 83,244 million was recorded across 1,175 deals.

As usual, targets in the US made up the majority of the region’s deals for the month. In total, the country had 812 deals worth USD 83,948 million over the four weeks.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “It is not unheard of for deal-making activity to decline after year-end as companies take stock and assess their objectives for the coming year. Nevertheless, there is still plenty of cause for optimism as January’s value result is considerably higher than in the same month last year.”

The value of private equity and venture capital (PE and VC) investment targeting North American companies climbed slightly over the four weeks to USD 13,503 million, compared to USD 13,024 million in December. Value has remained relatively stable over the last five months with only fairly small fluctuations after falling from high of USD 37,188 million in August to USD 12,355 million in September. This increase in value during January was counteracted by a decline in volume, which fell from 323 deals in December to 255.

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