Business Outputs and 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 total number of domestic and cross border transactions involving UK companies during Q3 2013 was 116 (excluding outward acquisitions). This remains level when compared with Q2 2013 (116) and is a slight increase on the number of transactions recorded in Q3 2012 (112).
During Q3 2013, there were 60 domestic acquisitions involving a change in majority share ownership between UK companies. This was similar to the number reported in Q2 2013 (64). However, the value of domestic acquisitions fell from £2.1 billion in Q2 2013 to £0.8 billion in Q3 2013 (current price basis - not adjusted for inflation).
During Q3 2013, there were 46 acquisitions of UK companies by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) involving a change in majority share ownership, an increase of 39% (13 transactions) when compared with the previous quarter (Q2 2013). The value of inward acquisitions decreased considerably from £23.7 billion recorded in Q2 2013 to £2.1 billion in Q3 2013. However the value recorded in Q2 2013 was a spike caused by one significant transaction.
These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.