North American M&A Volume and Value Drops

(PRWEB) May 29, 2013

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting North American companies in May 2013 failed to sustain growth recorded the previous month, falling to 890 deals worth a combined USD 74,916 million, compared to 1,110 transactions valued at USD 75,302 million in April.

Value slipped by a mere 1 percent over the four weeks under review, boosted by two blockbuster deals each worth more than USD 8,000 million, and deal activity continues to form a series of peaks and troughs. However, volume fared worse, declining at a much quicker rate of a fifth over the period to a new 12-month low.

Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: While volume was relatively low in May, big ticket deals have boosted overall value and once again show that confidence in undertaking large transactions is returning to the marketplace. Month-on-month value was consistent, which is encouraging, and hopefully this will continue in 2013.

The overall decline in M&A activity serves to highlight the significant improvement in the value of private equity and venture capital deal-making, which was boosted by one US-based deal worth USD 8,200 million.

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