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North American M and A Robust in January, According to Bureau van Dijk
Tuesday 13 February 2018

13 February 2018 - The volume and value of mergers and acquisitions targeting North American companies remained robust in January 2018, according to information collected by Moody's Analytics company Bureau van Dijk, the company said.

In all, there were 2,054 deals worth USD 157,264m announced during the month, compared to 1,827 deals valued at USD 249,654m in December 2017.

Bureau van Dijk's research shows that value was one of the highest recorded for the last 12 months as M and A was supported by four deals announced in the region each of which were worth more than USD 10,000m.

January's largest deal by value involved Thomson Reuters, which is selling more than half of its financial and risk business to a consortium led by Blackstone-managed private equity funds, and which includes Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC, for USD 20,000m.

The other three deals valued at over USD 10,000m were all public takeovers of US-based companies: Keurig Green Mountain is buying Dr Pepper Snapple for USD 18,731m; Dominion Energy is acquiring Scana for USD 14,600m; and Sanofi of France is purchasing Bioverativ for USD 11,600m.

Bureau van Dijk's data shows that private equity and venture capital (PE and VC) investment in North American companies reached new highs in January. In all, there were 1,469 deals worth a combined USD 45,466m, up from 1,141 deals valued at USD 35,077m.

In terms of volume, this represented the highest recorded since July 2015 (1,509) while value, second only to August 2017 (USD 46,716m), was at a level not reached since October 2015 (USD 100,826m).
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Date Published: 13/02/2018
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In all, there were 2,054 North American M and A deals worth USD 157,264m announced during the month, compared to 1,827 deals valued at USD 249,654m in December 2017, Bureau van Dijk said.

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