Experian Data Reveals a Drop in M&A Activity, But an Increase in Deal Value
Experian, an information services company, released its latest mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and equity capital market (ECM) data, revealing that the number of deals had fallen during 3Q10 for the UK and Europe, compared to 3Q09.
Wendy Smith, business development manager at Experian Corpfin, said: “Although the UK returned to growth in the final quarter of 2009, the level of deal making in the UK since then has yet to reflect this. Deals tend to slow down during 3Q of any year, so quarter-on-quarter figures show a seasonal decline. However, the year-on-year view reveals that while some regions held up a little better than others, there was still decline in the volume of M&A and ECM activity overall. The UK still fared a little better than Europe, where there was a slightly larger decline in the volume and the value of deals also fell.”