Irish M&A values rose strongly in 2013, according to the Experian data.
- "Total number of Irish Mergers and Acquisitions and Equity Captial Market deals in 2013 was 254 - a decline of 15.1% from the 299 deals announced in 2012".
- "The total value of deals for the year, however, increased significantly led by a spike in the number of mega (€1bn plus) deals. Transactions worth €38.590bn were announced in 2013, up by 39.1% from 2012’s €27.734bn worth of deals."
- Core mega-deals were split between pharma manufacturing and financial services
- "The Republic of Ireland represented approximately 2.4% of the total volume of all European transactions in 2013, and accounted for 4.9% of their total value. In 2012, the Republic of Ireland featured in 2.9% of European deals and contributed 3.6% to their total value."
- There were 37 large deals (over €120mln) announced in 2013, up by 32.1% on 2012’s total of 28 transactions; the twelve large deals announced in Q4 represented the busiest quarter in the large deals value segment since Q4 2006. Large deal values were up from €24.687bn in 2012 to €35.846bn in YTD 2013, a rise of 45.2%. The largest announced deal in 2013 was Perrigo Corp’s acquisition of Elan Corporation Plc for US$8.6bn.
- Mid-market (€12-€120mln) deal activity declined; 43 transactions were announced, down by 35.8% from the 67 deals announced in 2012. The aggregate value of mid-market deals fell by 34.4%, from €2.803bn to €1.840bn. Notable mid-market deals in 2013 included Dublin electronic payments business Payzone sell Cardpoint Ltd, to Houston-based Cardtronics Inc. for €119mln.
- The number of small deals (under €12mln fell by 11.1% on 2012’s figures; down from 54 to 48 transactions. The aggregate value of small transactions also fell - by 26.3%, from €243mln to €179mln.
- Largest by sector was - manufacturing. In 2013 accounted for 43.3% of deals; however, deal volumes here were down by 27.1% (from 150 in 2012 to 110 in 2013).
- Second most active sector: wholesale, retail & repair, activity declined by 41.6%.
- Post and telecommunications sector saw 114% upturn in activity.
- Social and personal services sector activity rose 76.5%.
- Research and development sector activity was up 53.3%.
"Europe saw a slight reduction in transaction volume in 2013 (from 10,500 to 10,476 deals), but an upturn in deal value, from €754.7bn in 2012 to €786bn, an increase of 4.1%."
"North American deal volumes were down by 28.7% (from 8,283 deals in 2012 to 5,908 in 2013), but the aggregate value of transactions was up by 1.3% year-on-year, to €939.7bn. North America returned strong activity in its manufacturing and information technology sectors in 2013."
"Asia-Pacific region ...volume was down 25.2% (from 8,822 deals in 2012 to 6,602 in 2013), without the associated increase in value recorded in the US and Europe (total deal value slumped from €616.9bn in 2012 to €385.6bn in 2013)."
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