Vladimír Urbánek (Kurzy.cz)
World markets  |  February 15, 2013 13:57:22

The volume of mergers and acquisitions is growing annually by 27%

In the course of yesterday have been reported in the world of mergers and acquisitions in a total volume of 40 mld.USD takeover led by food group Heinz for 23 mld.USD by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. The total volume of all transactions, so from the beginning of the year is growing annually by 27%. Only in this month already announced transactions for the total of 140 mld.USD.

According to Bloomberg statistics, in 2012 the total volume of mergers and acquisitions decreased by 8% to a total of 2.21 trillion USD. 4Q was, in this regard the strongest since the crisis of 2008.

For restoring growth of interest in corporate takeover and links are mainly general growth of confidence and risk appetite supported by record corporate profits and record low basic interest.Increase in the general trust is connected with the results of the American presidential election, odsouváním threats U.S. and some fiscal cliff progression or current calm European debt crisis.

The cost of borrowing funds are well below long-term averages. Yields the so-called junk bonds, thus highly risky bonds with high interest rate at the end of January fell to an average of 6.41% compared to 9.27% ??as the average of the last decade. This tip bond is quite often used as a source of funding for many of the acquisition transaction.

Firms from the base of the S & P 500 in the last 12 months have an average amount of earnings per share at $ 101.38, which is a full 20% more than the pre-crisis year 2007, when the height of a general upward trend.

Growth in the total volume of mergers and acquisitions among other means of income growth for consulting companies that are involved in these transactions. It is estimated for example, that advisory banks in the above-mentioned acquisition of Heinz collected together almost 100 mill.USD.
Best in this regard, this year has led JPMorgan Chase, which is already involved in the transactions of that kind in a total volume of about 96.2 mld.USD. Second place belongs to Goldman Sachs with about 75.7 mld.USD. Very well is also a company with a share Centerview advice on transactions for approximately 52.8 mld.USD.
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