Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2017saw a sizeable increase in the value of successful cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving UK companies; were a total of 163 successful domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disposals involving UK companies worth £86.4 billion in Quarter 3 2017, compared with 241 transactions valued at £33.2 billion in Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2017.
Outward M&A (UK companies acquiring foreign companies abroad) was the main driver for the overall total increased value of M&A activity during Quarter 3 2017. There were 33 successful outward acquisitions worth £51.1 billion, the highest quarterly value reported since Quarter 2 2000 (127 acquisitions worth £129.4 billion). The high value of outward M&A was dominated by one high value transaction.
There were 52 completed inward M&A transactions (foreign companies acquiring UK companies) in Quarter 3 2017 worth £16.8 billion, a notably higher value than £3.9 billion reported for Quarter 2 2017.