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2014 deal values 30% higher than 2013

Total deal values in 2014  surpassed that of 2013 by a staggering 30%, making it the best year for deal values since 2007, according to the M&A Index from Deloitte.   On a global scale, businesses are in a much better position to acquire; they have built up greater cash...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in January 2015

In the first month of 2015, 240 acquisitions were publically announced on the M&A deals database, Zephyr. According to Thomson Reuters, worldwide M&A activity in January reached $232.9 billion, the highest January figure since 2011.   One of the highlights of the month was the announcement that Biogen Idec Inc. has...

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Mobile network Three to acquire O2 in £10 billion deal

Mobile network Three has announced it has started exclusive takeover talks with rival O2.   Three’s parent company, Hutchinson Whampoa, has confirmed it is ready to pay £10.25 billion for larger rival O2 in a deal that would create the largest mobile network in the UK with over 31 million...

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M&A activity at its highest level since 2007

A recent report by Thomson Reuters has revealed that M&A activity reached £2.3 trillion in 2014. The review shows that more than 40,000 M&A deals were announced in 2014 – representing a 6 % increase on 2013.   Global M&A activity was at its strongest towards the end of 2014...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in December 2014

The month of December saw 275 acquisitions of UK based companies publicly announced – a relatively strong end to the calendar year.   The highlight of the month was the announcement that Aviva and Friends life Group had entered into a formal agreement. The deal which is subject to court,...

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esure take full control of Gocompare in £95 million deal

Insurance giant esure has announced that it has acquired the remaining 50% stake in price comparison wesbite Gocompare in a deal that will give them full control of the company.   esure has said the acquisition would help to create “investment opportunities in the short term to drive expansion and...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in November 2014

252 acquisitions were publically announced in November in what is set up to be a strong end to the calendar year.   November was particularly notable for a 16 percent rise in Global private equity investment to $34 billion, according to online deals database Zephyr. This figure is largely attributed...

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What affects deal value?

In its most rudimentary form, the value of a business is how much the owner is prepared to accept for it and how much the buyer is prepared to pay for it.   When using a comprehensive business valuation tool the value of a business is determined by a number...

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Mergers & Acquisitions in October 2014

In what was a promising start to the final quarter of 2014, a total of 255 deals were publically announced in October.   During October it was announced that Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to acquire CSR Plc, a Cambridge-based developer of silicon, software and services for the consumer electronics market....

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Mergers & Acquisitions in September 2014

The third quarter of 2014 ended with a total of 279 deals publically announced for the month of September.   The most notable deal of the month was the £450 million acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd by New York-headquartered Viacom International Media Networks Inc. Viacom is involved in the...

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