Mergers and acquisitions analysis in October 2014

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BY : Diego GutiérrezDecember Thu, 2014
The mergers and acquisitions in Spain continued to grow, reaching 110 operations in October for a total amount of €14868M. This represents an increase of 5.77% in the number of operations and 92.72% in the capital mobilised compared to September.

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More and larger transactions than last year

In October 2014, the number of purchase transactions carried out in 2013 has already been exceeded. Moreover, this year's deals have a higher average amount than last year. If last year the average amount of mergers and acquisitions was €53M, this year it is €75M.

Among the big deals this year were the purchase of Jazztel by Orange for €3.4 billion, the interest from AstraZeneca in the respiratory business of Almirall 1,562 million, the purchase of Vodafone by Ono for €7.2 billion or the acquisition of Caixa Cataluya Bank.

"These operations will allow Spain to return to the top 10 in mergers and acquisitions, a record that was not achieved last year," says Diego Gutiérrez of Abra-invest.

"Another novelty this year is the origin of the money, traditionally Spain has been a country where national companies buy national companies, but this year the volume of purchases by foreign investors has exceeded that invested by national buyers, which shows us the confidence that foreign countries are putting in our country".


Most active sectors in October

The technology and Internet sectors were once again the most active sectors in October, with 20 and 15 transactions respectively.

Of particular note is the purchase of Trovit the Barcelona real estate classifieds meta-search engine, by the Japanese company Next Co 80 million.

The real estate sector has also been quite active in October and has been the protagonist of 10 transactions.

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