Zephyr Database Shows Latin America M&A Continued to Weaken in H1 2016 -- PE Volume and Value Also Down Over the Last Six Months

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Zephyr reports on Latin America M&A activity in H1 2016 – access report

LATAM Half Year M&A Activity Report 2016

Zephyr database shows Latin America M&A activity has declined in 2016

It appears that Latin America has not escaped the general decline in deal activity which has been witnessed worldwide throughout the opening six months of 2016.

The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting companies based in South and Central America, including tax havens, declined for the second consecutive six month period in 2016, according to information collected by the leading M&A database Zephyr. There were 1,021 deals worth a combined USD 88,713 million in H1 2016, down from 1,430 deals worth USD 159,517 million in H2 2015.

The largest M&A transaction in the region recorded by Zephyr in H1 2016 involved China Overseas Land and Investment acquiring British Virgin Islands-incorporated Tuxiana and China-based CITIC Real Estate in a deal valued at USD 4,777 million. Once again many of the top 20 deals over the six months featured targets based in tax havens. However, there were a number of exceptions, including Ardagh Group’s USD 3,420 million purchase of Ball Corporation’s two can manufacturing plants in Brazil, among other international assets.

Eight of the period’s top 20 deals featured a Cayman Islands-based target. Together these deals accounted for 18 per cent of total Latin American value over the six months. Brazil was once again the best-performing non-tax haven in terms of both volume and value, having been targeted in 132 transactions worth a combined USD 12,441 million.

The Zephyr database shows that in keeping with the overall trend for Latin American dealmaking in H1 2016, private equity and venture capital (PE and VC) activity fell in H1 2016 to 101 deals worth a combined USD 5,073 million, compared to 126 deals worth USD 26,837 million in the second half of 2015. The result was not much better in a year-on-year comparison; although value fell at a slower rate from USD 10,573 million in H1 2015, volume decreased more steeply from 185 deals over the same timeframe.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, commented, “It appears that Latin America has not escaped the general decline in deal activity which has been witnessed worldwide throughout the opening six months of 2016. However, given that 2015 was the third-best performing year on record in terms of Latin American M&A value, it would not be surprising if 2016 fails to scale the same dizzy heights. It is interesting to note that deals targeting tax havens in the LATAM region continue to dominate the top 20, despite the Panama Papers leak in early April.”

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Notes to Editors:

The date range is 01/01/2016 – 30/06/2016 inclusive
Activity is based on the activity of the target company
Deal status is announced, completed, pending or unconditional
The sector breakdown uses targets' activities as defined to be ‘Major Sectors’ by Zephyr
The Latin America and Caribbean region covers target companies in Anguilla (AI), Antigua and Barbuda (AG), Argentina (AR), Aruba (AW), Bahamas (BS), Barbados (BB), Belize (BZ), Bermuda (BM), Bolivia (BO), Brazil (BR), British Virgin Islands (VG), Cayman Islands (KY), Chile (CL), Colombia (CO), Costa Rica (CR), Cuba (CU), Curacao (CW), Dominica (DM), Dominican Republic (DO), Ecuador (EC), El Salvador (SV), Grenada (GD), Guatemala (GT), Guyana (GY), Haiti (HT), Honduras (HN), Jamaica (JM), Mexico (MX), Nicaragua (NI), Panama (PA), Paraguay (PY), Peru (PE), Saint Kitts and Nevis (KN), Saint Lucia (LC), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (VC), Sint Maarten (SX), Suriname (SR), Trinidad and Tobago (TT), Uruguay (UY), Venezuela (VE)

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