The Q2 2013 provisional estimate for the total number of domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions involving UK companies was 111, a 42% decrease on the volume recorded in Q2 2012 (191 transactions).
In Q2 2013, domestic acquisitions between UK companies, were valued at £2.1 billion (current price basis that is not adjusted for inflation), a fall of approximately £0.7 billion on the previous quarter. However, the number of domestic acquisitions between UK companies in Q2 2013 increased to 60 transactions, from 38 in Q1 2013.
The value of acquisitions of UK companies made by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) in Q2 2013 increased sizeably from £3.5 billion in Q1 2013 to £23.4 billion (current price basis). The number of transactions in Q2 2013 also increased to 30 from 19 recorded in the previous quarter. However, the number fell when compared with the same quarter a year ago when 48 transactions took place.
The value of majority ownership acquisitions made by UK companies abroad (outward acquisitions) fell from £1.1 billion in Q1 2013 to £0.6 billion in Q2 2013 (current price basis). This was the lowest value for outward acquisitions since ONS first collected quarterly data in Q1 1987 (£1.7 billion). The number of acquisitions also fell, from 21 in Q1 2013 to 12 in Q2 2013, since ONS began collecting this data in 1987.
This statistical bulletin provides estimates of the value and numbers of mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving UK companies with values of £1.0 million or more. The information provided reflects solely the change in majority ownership (ordinary shares).
These estimates are used to by ONS National Accounts department to compile data for the UK Balance of Payments.
Only transactions which result in a change of ultimate control of the target company are included. In the text that follows, figures relating to mergers are included within acquisitions. The values of transactions involving UK companies within this publication are on a current price basis.