Qatar accounts for 45 percent of ME M&A in 9M

23 Oct 2014

(MENAFN) According to Reuters’ quarterly investment banking analysis for the Middle East region report, Qatar has accounted for 45 percent of the Middle Eastern outbound Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) activity during the January-September period of this year, while the acquisitions made by UAE and Saudi Arabian companies accounted for 25 percent and 22 percent, The Peninsula Qatar reported.

During the first nine months of 2014, M&A increased 2 percent compared to the same period last year to reach USD29.9 billion, while domestic and inter-Middle Eastern M&A declined 44 percent to USD8.3 billion during the cited period.

Meanwhile, inbound M&A also registered a decline, falling by 7 percent to reach USD5 billion, while outbound M&A increased 67 percent compared to the corresponding period of 2013, reaching USD10.7 billion, which is the highest first nine month total since 2011.

The report mentioned that the value of announced M&A transactions during the July-September period of 2014 with any Middle Eastern involvement reached USD11.8 billion, declining by 18 percent compared to the registered value during the third quarter of 2013.

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