Merrill Datasite, in association with mergermarket, has released “Deal Drivers 2011 Half Year Report for the European, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region”, which provides a comprehensive review of merger and acquisition (M&A) trends across EMEA by region and industry, comprising in-depth analysis of recent activity and forward looking insight for the remainder of the year.
The report indicates that EMEA 1H11 brought a remarkable 49% increase in deal value against the same period last year with 2,417 deals worth a combined €279.7bn. This widespread increase in deal values reflects a broader trend on the M&A landscape, which is the slow and steady return of larger M&A deals after a post-financial crisis lull. Transatlantic deal flow has played an important part in this higher end of the M&A market. Transatlantic M&A has increased from 316 deals, worth €51.1bn in 1H10, to 388 deals worth, €87.2bn in 1H11.
The energy, mining and utilities sector continues to generate the most significant large cap deal flow, with accounts contributing 20.1% of aggregate deal value in the EMEA region. In terms of volume, the industrials and chemicals sector deals are leading by far with 22.6% of aggregate deal volume.
International expansion on the part of large corporates has been one of the most important catalysts for M&A activity in this half year period. Investors’ healthy appetite for European assets is a promising sign for the rest of the year, but the severe economic uncertainty in Europe and abroad will undoubtedly make some dealmakers reluctant to enter the M&A market in full force. Positively however, 1H11 has put M&A prospects back on the table and proven that attractive acquisition targets still exist even in uncertain times.
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