North American M&A Driven By Big Takeovers

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

There were some big-ticket transactions during July which gave a major boost to M&A value in North America and resulted in an increase in aggregate values, compensating for declining volume.

The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting North American companies rose by 16 percent in July, boosted by big-ticket deals in the US. There were 1,296 transactions worth a combined USD 166,449 million over the four weeks, compared to 1,467 deals worth an aggregate USD 143,584 million in June. While volume was 12 percent weaker, in monetary terms the result was the third-highest of 2014 so far. Year-on-year, value was 49 percent higher in the month under review (July 2013: USD 111,692 million) while volume was slightly down on the 1,326 transactions signed off 12 months ago.

M&A targeting the US once again bolstered the region’s overall results, as value climbed 18 percent over the four weeks from USD 129,540 million to USD 152,292 million. Value was also higher than at the same time a year ago (July 2013: USD 93,495 million). Three consecutive months of growth in Canada was halted in July, as value fell 15 percent to USD 14,314 million (March: USD 8,633 million; April: USD 11,798 million; May: USD 15,864 million), and was down by a fifth compared to the USD 18,196 million-worth of M&A announced a year ago.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “There were some big-ticket transactions during July which gave a major boost to M&A value in North America and resulted in an increase in aggregate values, compensating for declining volume. Consolidation was a prominent theme, with takeovers in sectors such as the tobacco and discount retail which are shaping the industry landscape.”

Despite an increase in overall M&A value in July, PE and VC investment activity declined over the four weeks to 440 transactions worth a combined USD 12,411 million, compared to 461 deals worth a collective USD 19,203 million in June. However, in a 12-month comparison, value was almost two-thirds higher than the USD 7,188 million-worth of investment announced in July 2013. Lower PE and VC investment value targeting US companies accounted for the decrease, sliding from USD 19,084 million to USD 12,220 million in July. However, investment in Canada bucked this trend and the value of investment grew by 61 percent month-on-month to USD 191 million after dropping sharply between May and June. Compared to the same time a year ago the result was even more impressive, as just USD 27 million-worth of investment targeting Canadian companies was signed off in July 2013.

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