Deals Quarterly: Q4, 2013

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Retail, real estate, utilities and pension fund activity were not enough to fill the gap left by a dearth of deals in Canada’s oil patch and mining companies. Even life sciences chipped in with large deals in Q4, but it wasn’t enough to prevent 2013 being the slowest year since 2009, according to PwC’s latest Capital Markets Flash. Overall in 2013, 2,500 deals worth $162 billion were announced.  

In Q4 2013, the 716 deals with an aggregate value 26% below Q4 2012 was not a great finish, but the $44 billion total was not out of line with post-crisis performance.  The sector breakdown for the quarter showed utilities and energy accompanying real estate at the top of the value table, with a surprise appearance from the life sciences sector with two deals over $1 billion.

With the US economic recovery and public company valuations far ahead of where they were a year ago, we expect the biggest push toward increased M&As in 2014 will come from sellers finally getting what they regard as a reasonable price from more confident buyers.

And more: M&A outlook: 2014 versus 2013

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1.19 MB 814 KB Deals Quarterly: Q2: 2012
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