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M&A deals become scarcer in first 11 months of year

By Cai Xiao (China Daily)

08:30, December 06, 2012

Influenced by weak economic conditions in China and abroad, the number and value of merger and acquisition deals completed by Chinese companies decreased in the first 11 months of this year.

Even so, venture capital and private equity firms say they regard the transactions as an important means of exiting investments they have in other companies.

The first 11 months of 2012 saw Chinese companies complete 820 M&A deals, a decline of 21.2 percent year-on-year.

Of the 719 of those deals for which investment information was made public, the total value was $43.8 billion, down 22.5 percent year-on-year, according to a report released on Wednesday by the research company Zero2IPO Research Center.

As for domestic M&A deals, 681 were completed by the end of November. For the 620 of those for which data were made public, the total value was $14 billion, a year-on-year decline of 49.7 percent.

Of the M&A deals completed by Chinese companies, those conducted overseas have shown resilience to the effects that the global economic downturn has had in other places, a result in part of the eurozone's debt troubles helping to make foreign assets cheaper.

The first 11 months of the year saw Chinese companies complete 139 M&As overseas. For the 99 for which data were made public, the total value was $29.7 billion, up 4.1 percent year-on-year.

Among industries, machinery and manufacturing had the greatest number of M&A deals from January to November. The period saw Chinese companies complete 97 deals in those industries, accounting for 11.8 percent of the total number.

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