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Release: Mergers and Acquisitions involving UK companies, Q3 2012

Released: 04 December 2012 Next edition: 05 March 2013
  • The value of cross-border (inward and outward) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity involving UK companies increased in Q3 2012, despite a decrease in the number of transactions.

  • Acquisitions abroad by UK companies (outward acquisitions) increased from £6.8 billion in Q3 2011 to £7.8 billion in Q3 2012. However, the number of transactions decreased from 77 in Q3 2011 to nine in Q3 2012.

  • Acquisitions in the UK by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) increased from £5.1 billion in Q3 2011 to £8.6 billion in Q3 2012. The number of transactions fell in Q3 2012 to 31, compared with 68 in the same quarter of the previous year.

  • Cross-border M&A activity involving UK companies continued to be dominated by large companies, a trend seen for the last three years.

  • Mergers and acquisitions between UK companies (domestic M&A) fell in Q3 2012 to its lowest level since 1992 (current price basis).

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