October made up for disappointing results witnessed in North America in recent months as value increased significantly month-on-month and year-on-year, boosted by a number of high-value transactions.
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 30, 2015
The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting North American companies increased month-on-month and year-on-year in October, following two consecutive declines in the region’s activity.
In all there were 1,061 deals worth a combined USD 227,940 million in the four weeks, a 52 percent increase by value on the USD 150,427 million invested in September, while volume decreased 18 percent on 1,300 last month. A similar pattern was seen on the same time a year ago (October 2014: 1,615 deals worth USD 140,656 million).
M&A targeting US-based businesses also followed the trend for the month, with volume falling 19 percent and value up 52 percent. There were 814 deals valued at USD 219,568 million recorded in October. Year-on-year a sharper decrease in volume and larger increase in value could be seen, as 1,266 transactions were worth USD 130,470 million. M&A targeting Canadian companies followed a similar pattern month-on-month but declined on both fronts on the same time last year. There were 246 deals valued at a combined USD 8,372 million in October (September 2015: 296 transactions worth USD 5,654 million; October 2014: 347 deals worth USD 10,186 million).
Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “October made up for disappointing results witnessed in North America in recent months as value increased significantly month-on-month and year-on-year, boosted by a number of high-value transactions. The fact that private equity activity followed the same pattern is encouraging and will give many hope that investment levels will continue to rise in the final quarter of the year.”
Private equity and venture capital (PE and VC) investment targeting North America was in line with the month’s overall M&A. Deals worth USD 94,719 million were announced over the four weeks, more than double the USD 41,245 million signed off in September and the highest result of the entire period under review. In spite of the significant increase by value, volume declined to 372 deals, the lowest recorded in the last 12 months. PE and VC investment in US-based companies followed the same pattern with 351 deals worth USD 94,510 million in October, while in contrast Canadian investment declined by value and increased by volume.
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