North American M&A Deal Value Soars

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Bureau van Dijk Publishes February 2013 North America M&A Report from Zephyr

Undoubtedly the four multi-billion dollar deals signed off in recent weeks have played a large part in pushing up the value of North American deal-making.

The value of mergers and acquisitions(M&A) targeting North America-based companies soared to a new twelve month-high in February 2013, boosted by four mega deals each worth more than USD 10,000 million. Contrastingly, M&A deal volume fell to the lowest recorded in the past twelve months.

Value more than doubled over the last four weeks to USD 157,442 million (January 2013: USD 66,801 million). Conversely, volume fell back 45 percent month-on-month to just 752 deals (January 2013: 1,357) and was down 40 percent year-on-year (February 2012: 1,244).

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “Undoubtedly the four multi-billion dollar deals signed off in recent weeks have played a large part in pushing up the value of North American deal-making. Whilst a similar spike in activity was seen in October 2012, a sustained level of increased deal activity unfortunately didn’t follow. We have to hope that this time momentum can be sustained within North America and acts as a catalyst for deal activity in other regions.”

Private equity and venture capital deal-making in February followed in a similar vein to M&A activity as value was more than four times higher over the four weeks, driven by two deals worth a combined USD 52,400 million which represented 94 percent of the month’s total of USD 55,801 million (January 2013: USD 12,414 million).

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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 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 35 languages and use native language and English sources in their deal enquiries.

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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.

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