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Merrill DataSite Releases New Industry Insight on Jan 28th: 2012 M&A Review
Date:1/28/2013

the total deal value globally. This is the highest percentage since records began back in 1980, suggesting that businesses are keen to streamline their operations and offload surplus divisions – and there are plenty of buyers waiting for the right add-ons to come along.

US activity, according to Mergermarket data, had the slowest year for M&A since 2010, with activity valued at $768 billion. Mining, energy and utilities accounted for 316 deals, making it the most dominant US industries, with activity valued at $160 billion.

In terms of the industries accounting for the majority of the M&A activity in 2012, there are no huge surprises with energy and power accounting for a significant 18 per cent of activity. Real estate and financial sectors also contributed strongly, accounting for 11 per cent and 13 per cent respectively. In terms of growth areas with regards to global M&A, retail deals grew by 38 per cent, while consumer products deals increased by 71 per cent.

Looking forward into 2013, analysts feel that the steady growth is likely to continue and that more deals will be done in 2013. Despite the fact that the fourth quarter was by far the most active in 2012, buyers and sellers were still being cautious as they waited for the results of the presidential election and anticipated the financial cliff, which was averted at the last minute.

Now that this uncertainty has passed, the door could be open for some serious M&A growth in at the beginning of this year.

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