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Release: Mergers and Acquisitions involving UK Companies, Q4 2013

Released: 04 March 2014 Next edition: 03 June 2014
  • There were 99 domestic and cross border transactions involving UK companies (excluding outward disposals) in Q4 2013, the lowest number of transactions since Q1 1987 when overall quarterly M&A figures were first collected.

  • There were 450 domestic and cross border acquisitions involving UK companies (excluding outward disposals) during 2013, a notable decrease since 2011 when there were 965 transactions.

  • At Q4 2013, there were 62 domestic acquisitions involving a change of majority share ownership between UK companies, similar to the numbers reported in Q4 2012 (61 transactions). There were 240 domestic acquisitions for 2013, a marginal decrease when compared with the number recorded in 2012 (266).

  • The value of domestic acquisitions involving a change of majority share ownership in 2013 increased to £7.7 billion from £3.4 billion in 2012, but remained well below  pre economic downturn levels  (current price basis – not adjusted for inflation).

  • There were 28 acquisitions of UK companies by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) involving a change of majority share ownership in Q4 2013, a decrease of 27 transactions when compared with the previous quarter (55). In 2013 there were 135 inward acquisitions, the lowest number recorded since 2009 (112).

  • The total value of inward acquisitions involving a change of majority share ownership was £31.1 billion in 2013, increasing from £17.4 billion in 2012 and returning to similar levels recorded during 2009 and 2011.

  • There were four acquisitions made abroad by UK companies (outward acquisitions) in Q4 2013, down from seven in Q3 2013. The total number of outward acquisitions during 2013 was  50, falling from 122 transactions in 2012.
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