North American M&A Value Rises against a Decline by Volume

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

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Aggregate deal values continue to go through a series of peaks and troughs and this month’s increase has helped make up for a decline in volume and the fact that March’s value was the lowest it has been in the last 12 months.

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 02, 2014

The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies based in North America grew by 29 percent in April to USD 101,817 million. Growth was driven by an increase in the value of both US and Canadian deal-making, which rose by 28 percent and 22 percent, respectively, over the four weeks.

The month-on-month improvement was starkly highlighted as the USD 79,204 million-worth of deals signed off in March represented a low not recorded since April 2013 (USD 73,338 million).

North American M&A volume fell to the lowest recorded since September 2013 with just 1,188 deals announced. Volume declined 10 percent to 1,188 transactions from 1,313 in March and was down 4 percent from 1,237 deals in April 2013.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “Aggregate deal values continue to go through a series of peaks and troughs and this month’s increase has helped make up for a decline in volume and the fact that March’s value was the lowest it has been in the last 12 months. It also suggests that higher prices are being paid for targets where the acquirer can see real value.”

The value of PE and VC investment targeting companies based in North America in April failed to sustain the significant growth recorded in March when deal-making jumped 35 percent month-on-month to USD 24,075 million. Value slipped by a little over a third to USD 15,548 million, driven down by an 87 percent decline in investment targeting Canadian companies (April: USD 93 million; March: USD 731 million). However, in a year-on-year comparison value almost doubled from USD 8,173 million. The volume of PE and VC investment targeting companies based in North America rose 4 percent to 382 deals (March: 368), supported by an increase of 6 percent in Canadian deal-making and of 4 percent in US activity.

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

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Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world’s leading publishers of electronic business and company information. The company has 32 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 Orbis, Amadeus, Bankscope, Isis and Osiris. BvD also publishes the global M&A database, Zephyr. http://www.bvdinfo.com


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