Key points from the UK Companies mergers & acquisitions data from the Office for National Statistics.

The Q2 2013 provisional estimate for the total number of domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions involving UK companies was 111, a 42% decrease on the volume recorded in Q2 2012 (191 transactions).

In Q2 2013, domestic acquisitions between UK companies, were valued at £2.1 billion (current price basis that is not adjusted for inflation), a fall of approximately £0.7 billion on the previous quarter. However, the number of domestic acquisitions between UK companies in Q2 2013 increased to 60 transactions, from 38 in Q1 2013.

The value of acquisitions of UK companies made by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) in Q2 2013 increased sizeably from £3.5 billion in Q1 2013 to £23.4 billion (current price basis). The number of transactions in Q2 2013 also increased to 30 from 19 recorded in the previous quarter. However, the number fell when compared with the same quarter a year ago when 48 transactions took place.

The value of majority ownership acquisitions made by UK companies abroad (outward acquisitions) fell from £1.1 billion in Q1 2013 to £0.6 billion in Q2 2013 (current price basis). This was the lowest value for outward acquisitions since ONS first collected quarterly data in Q1 1987 (£1.7 billion). The number of acquisitions also fell, from 21 in Q1 2013 to 12 in Q2 2013, since ONS began collecting this data in 1987.

Mergers and Acquisitions Involving UK Companies, Q2 2013

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