Fewer, But More Valuable M&A Deals in 1Q11, According to Experian
The number of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) during January, February and March this year fell by 18.73%, compared to the same period in 2010, according to Experian, a global information services company. Despite the fall in volume, Experian’s latest M&A and equity capital market (ECM) data has also revealed that the value of deals during 1Q11 increased – up 5.94% compared to 1Q10.
Europe and the Rest of the World
Wendy Smith, business development manager at Experian Corpfin, said: “This year hasn’t yet brought the rise in deal activity many had hoped for as appetite for higher risk, high return proposals remain low. However, the UK still fared a slightly better than the rest of Europe. Within the UK, we have seen some regional pockets that out-performed the national trend. Wales, the northwest of England and Yorkshire all saw an increase in the volume of deals quarter-on-quarter.
“This shows that those businesses that present good quality opportunities are still finding the funding to get deals off the ground. It is vital that businesses take the time to prepare and ensure all their documents are in order and accurately reflect their position, before presenting their investment plan in order to have the best chance of securing funds,” she added.