Global M&A Deals Valued Over $2 Trillion in Apr-Sept

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NEW DELHI – The cumulative value of merger and acquisition deals globally in the January-September, 2011, period rose by 9 percent year-on-year to $2.18 trillion, even as the third quarter witnessed a significant slump in M&A activity.

According to global deal tracking firm Dealogic, the value of M&A deals globally rose by 9 percent year-on-year despite a 19 percent decrease in the third quarter.

The value of third quarter M&A deals stood at just $633.3 billion, down 19 percent compared to $783.5 billion in the corresponding period last year, which is also the lowest quarterly total since the second quarter of 2010.

Meanwhile, the value of India-focused M&A deals touched $39.2 billion in the first nine months this year, a significant 30 percent decline vis-a-vis the corresponding period last year.

“India targeted volumes totalled $39.2 billion in the first nine months of 2011, down 30 percent from $56.1 billion on the same period of 2010,” Dealogic said, adding that the value of third quarter M&A deals in India, at $4.9 billion, was the lowest in any quarter period since the second quarter of 2009.

As per Dealogic, despite ranking among the top three locations for M&A deals in the January-September, 2011, period, India was also the country that witnessed the maximum decline in the combined value of M&A deals.

In the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) region, the total value of M&A deals during the first nine months this year was a record $419.2 billion, up 16 percent in comparison to January-September, 2010, although the value of deals in the third quarter was down 3 percent to $124.3 billion, Dealogic said.

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