Steep fall in North American M&A value in April

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Bureau van Dijk Publishes April 2015 North America M&A Report from Zephyr

It is worth bearing in mind that March marks financial year-end for many companies and April might be a time to take stock and set strategic plans for the forthcoming year.

After an impressive result in March, the value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting North American companies plummeted in April, pegged back by a lack of big transactions. From a high base of USD 219,099 million last month, M&A value plunged by almost two-thirds to USD 78,452 million and was a third lower than April 2014, when deals worth a collective USD 117,222 million were announced. Volume weakened over the four weeks from 1,461 transactions to 1,203 and was down a fifth on 1,527 at the same time last year.

Month-on-month, M&A value fell by a more or less identical margin in the US and Canada as in the region as a whole, while volume declined at a slightly faster rate in the US. For the US, there were 916 transactions worth a combined USD 68,023 million, compared to 1,129 worth USD 192,349 million in March, while in Canada a total of USD 9,418 million was invested across 285 deals, down from USD 26,750 million over 332 transactions last month.

There was a notable lack of sizable transactions in the four weeks under review, with the top deal by value worth USD 5,300 million. This was a take-private transaction in which Permira Advisers and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board joined forces to acquire Californian data integration and business intelligence software developer Informatica via a newly-formed entity called Italics. This was also the month’s biggest private equity deal.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “While there was a significant drop-off in deal values in April compared to the previous month, it is worth bearing in mind that March marks financial year-end for many companies and April might be a time to take stock and set strategic plans for the forthcoming fiscal year.”

As with overall M&A, the value of private equity and venture capital (PE & VC) investment taken in isolation decreased 71 percent month on month from USD 74,172 million to USD 21,424 million, although this was still the second-highest result of 2015 so far and 28 percent better than the USD 16,720 million-worth of investment recorded a year ago. Volume slipped 14 percent over the four weeks to 426 transactions from 495, but again was the second-best result of 2015. Year-over-year, however, volume was 17 percent lower in the month under review compared to the 514 deals signed off in April 2014.

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