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Financial Services M&A Activity Drops Again in 2013

Mergermarket's research team analyzed their global, industry-wide M&A report to emphasize the trends in Financial Services.

Mergermarket has released its Global M&A roundup for 2013. The following are additional findings by their research team around financial service specific M&A activities.

Information is based on announced deals throughout 2013, excluding lapsed and withdrawn bids.

The Financial Services sector, confronted with the ongoing prospect for regulatory changes, declined from 2012 (US$ 282.8 billion), ending 2013 with deals valued at US$ 235.8 billion.

The sector saw the second highest decline compared to its peak year, down 59.5% from 2007 (US$ 582.8 billion). The only other decline larger than this was in Leisure M&A, which decreased 72.9% from its peak in 2006 (US$ 130.5 billion) to US$ 35.4 billion in 2013.

The full report can be found here.

The share of the global Financial Services M&A deal value dropped from 12.3% in 2012 to 10.7% in 2013, a significant change from its 24.1% share in 2008.

Side note: In Q4 2008, the Financial Services’ share stood at 50.6% , and the sector’s value was three times larger than the value of the entire US M&A market.

The full report can be found here.

  • Greece's contribution to the global Financial Services M&A in 2013 was US$ 34.6 billion, a 14.7% share by deal value. At the same time, China’s share dropped from 11.5% in 2013 to 4.7% in 2013.

  • Europe and North America lost 44.8% (US$ 61.2 billion in 2013 vs. US$ 110.7 billion in 2012) and 22.7% (US$ 69.9 billion in 2013 vs. US$ 90.3 billion in 2012) of their deal value, respectively.

The full report can be found here.

Domestic Financial Services deals decreased by 33.2% in deal value between 2012 (US$ 197.3 billion) and 2013 (US$ 131.8 billion), while cross-border M&A in the sector saw an increase of 21.6% (US$ 85.5 billion in 2012 vs. US$ 104 billion in 2013).

The full report can be found here.

  • Q4’s largest deal was in the Financial Services sector and saw the acquisition of International Lease Finance by AerCap Holdings for US$ 26.4 billion.

    • Four out of the top six deals in the Financial Services sector involved restructuring processes undertaken by the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund.

    The full report can be found here.


    Becca Lipman is Senior Editor for Wall Street & Technology. She writes in-depth news articles with a focus on big data and compliance in the capital markets. She regularly meets with information technology leaders and innovators and writes about cloud computing, datacenters, ... View Full Bio

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