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Release: Mergers and Acquisitions involving UK companies, Q3 2013

Released: 03 December 2013 Next edition: 04 March 2014
  • The total number of domestic and cross border transactions involving UK companies during Q3 2013 was 116 (excluding outward acquisitions). This remains level when compared with Q2 2013 (116) and is a slight increase on the number of transactions recorded in Q3 2012 (112).

  • During Q3 2013, there were 60 domestic acquisitions involving a change in majority share ownership between UK companies. This was similar to the number reported in Q2 2013 (64). However, the value of domestic acquisitions fell from £2.1 billion in Q2 2013 to £0.8 billion in Q3 2013 (current price basis - not adjusted for inflation).

  • During Q3 2013, there were 46 acquisitions of UK companies by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) involving a change in majority share ownership, an increase of 39% (13 transactions) when compared with the previous quarter (Q2 2013). The value of inward acquisitions decreased considerably from £23.7 billion recorded in Q2 2013 to £2.1 billion in Q3 2013. However the value recorded in Q2 2013 was a spike caused by one significant transaction.

This statistical bulletin provides estimates of the value and numbers of mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving UK companies with values of £1.0 million or more. The information provided reflects solely the change in majority ownership (ordinary shares) and therefore only transactions which result in a change of ultimate control of the target company are included

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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