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China's M&A deals down 22.4% Y-O-Y in Q1

Apr. 10, 2012 (China Knowledge) - The number of China's merger and acquisitions amounted to 204 in the first quarter of this year, down 22.4% year on year or 31.3% quarter on quarter, due to slowing global economy, according to statistics released by Zero2IPO Research Center.

Of the 204 M&A deals, 179 reported total transaction value of US$16.18 billion, 24.6% less than in the same period of last year or 7.2% less than in the fourth quarter of 2011.

About 165 deals with value reaching US$3.94 billion were transacted by domestic enterprises in China. Although the number of M&As launched by Chinese companies in the overseas market was only 28, the M&As' value hit US$11.61 billion, accounting for over 70% of the total. Overseas firms completed 11 M&As in China, with value reaching US$627 million.

In the first quarter, the energy and mining industry topped rankings in terms of both the number of M&A cases and transaction value. The sector saw 26 M&A deals with total transaction value of US$10.93 billion in the period, which accounted for 67.6% of the total.

The financial industry came in second with transaction value of US$811 million, followed by US$793 million of the chain store and retail industry.

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