Business Outputs Developments Division
Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456455
Frequency of release: Quarterly
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: UK
Survey name(s): Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment in UK Companies by Foreign Companies, Investment in UK Companies by Other UK Companies, Investment in Foreign Companies by UK Companies, Disinvestment in Foreign Companies by UK Companies, Disinvestment in UK Companies by Foreign Companies, Deferred Payment Invested in UK Companies by other UK Companies, Deferred Payment Investment/Disinvestment in Foreign Companies by UK Companies, Deferred Payment Investment/Disinvestment in UK Companies by Foreign Companies
The values of inward, outward and domestic acquisitions all decreased in Q4 2012 compared with the previous quarter.
Expenditure on acquisitions abroad by UK companies (outward acquisitions) decreased to £1.3 billion in Q4 2012 from £8.2 billion in the previous quarter. For 2012 as a whole the total value of outward acquisitions was £16.4 billion, down from £50.2 billion in 2011 and similar to the levels seen in 2009 and 2010.
The value of acquisitions in the UK by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) was £1.6 billion in Q4 2012, falling from £8.2 billion in Q3. In 2012, the annual value for inward acquisitions was £16.7 billion, the lowest value reported since 2003 (£9.3 billion).
Mergers and acquisitions between UK companies (domestic M&A) in Q4 2012 was £0.6 billion, on a par with the value reported in the previous quarter. For 2012 overall, the total value of domestic acquisitions fell to £3.3 billion, its lowest level since 1983 (current price basis).
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