North American M&A Value Almost Doubles While Volume Slides to 12-Month Low

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

February looks to have more than made up for last month’s disappointing showing and those hoping for higher levels of investment seem to have got their wish.

The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies based in North America during February almost doubled to USD 187,980 million from USD 98,684 million in January, boosted by one deal worth more than USD 65,000 million and which represented 37 percent of the month’s total value.

In a year-on-year comparison, investment rose 37 percent from USD 137,599 million to the second-highest recorded in the 12 month period, behind the USD 204,185 million-worth of deals in September.

Conversely, the volume of M&A activity in North America slipped by almost a fifth over the four weeks under review to a 12-month low of 1,057 deals from 1,288 transactions in January, and was down by a marginal 2 percent year-on-year (February 2013: 1,076).

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “February looks to have more than made up for last month’s disappointing showing and those hoping for higher levels of investment seem to have got their wish. The decline in volume suggests higher individual considerations and many will be hoping that deal-making can continue at this level.”

The value of PE and VC investment targeting companies based in North American in February failed to sustain two months of consecutive growth, slipping 17 percent over the four weeks to USD 12,438 million. This was the lowest recorded since USD 7,069 million in July 2013 and represented a 62 percent decline year-on-year from USD 32,497 million in February 2013.

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