Weaker M&A deal value in developed markets during 2012, reports Zephyr
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, January 09 - 2013 at 16:37
- PRESS RELEASE
The value of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fell for the fifth consecutive year with 65,060 transactions worth a combined $3,144bn, according to the latest M&A report from Zephyr, the M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk. The result marks the lowest level for both volume and value since 2004.
There were varying results for the BRIC countries - while deal value in Brazil and India rose by 19% and 16%, respectively, China and Russia both experienced a decline compared with 2011, with value sliding by 27% in the former and halving in the latter, from $144,621m to $72,942m.
Of all the regions examined in the year under review, the Middle East was the only one to enjoy an upturn in deal value, as the figure jumped to a four-year high of $25,346m despite continuing political tension in the region.
Meanwhile, global private equity activity remained buoyant in 2012 as both volume and value increased for the third year in a row.
A total of 7,793 private equity and venture capital-backed transactions worth a combined $321,270m were signed off, compared with 7,752 deals worth $300,924m in 2011, a 7% increase in value year-over-year and in monetary terms the best performance since 2008, when the financial crisis struck.
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