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Release: Mergers and Acquisitions Involving UK Companies, Q2 2012

Released: 04 September 2012 Next edition: 04 December 2012
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) activity involving UK companies continues to remain low in the second quarter of 2012. This may be an indication that the confidence of companies to undertake transactions remains tempered due to continued economic uncertainty.

  • The volume of UK M&A deals is down 39 per cent in quarter two 2012 compared with quarter two 2011.

  • The value of outward acquisitions (aquisitions abroad by UK companies) increased in the second quarter of 2012 compared wit the first quarter 2012, whilst the value of inward acquisitions (acquisitions in the UK by foreign companies) decreased.

  • The net difference between inward and outward cross border transactions in quarter two 2012 has narrowed compared with quarter one 2012.

  • The value of domestic acquisitions (acquisitions in the UK by other UK companies) in the second quarter of 2012 fell by 73 per cent compared with quarter two 2011. The quarter two 2012 figure is similar to the value reported in quarter two 2009.

Presents latest data on:

  • acquisitions and disposals abroad by UK companies - CBAM outward,

  • acquisitions and disposals in the UK by foreign companies - CBAM inward,

  • acquisitions in the UK by other UK companies - DAM (domestic).

The Cross-Border Acquisitions and Mergers (CBAM) surveys are conducted by ONS and are designed to collect information on the value and number of:

  • acquisitions and disposals by UK businesses of their interests in non-UK businesses,

  • acquisitions and disposals by non-UK businesses of their interests in UK businesses.

The Domestic Acquisitions and Mergers (DAM) survey is designed to monitor changes of business ownership by collecting information on acquisitions by businesses within the UK.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mergers and acquisitions statistics, please see Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) (300 Kb Pdf) .

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