The 3 most active sectors have been the Internet, the financial sector and the technology sector, with a variety of differences between them.
While the internet is the sector with the highest number of transactions, 178 transactions, the total amount, €952M, is well below the amount that the financial sector moved, €22,826M, in just 107 transactions. In the technology sector, a total of 105 transactions were carried out for €556M.
"The increase in M&A activity contrasts with the decline in Private Equity activity. It is a reflection of the fact that the current moment is an opportunity for corporations that can contribute much more than money to the growth of investees," analyses Diego Gutierrez of Abra Invest.
Most active buyers
The most active buyers have been Telefónica, with a total of 6 acquisitions including E-plus, making it Europe's second largest telco in terms of mobile customers.
The second place, with 5 acquisitions, is occupied by Joyvio Spain. Joyvio who belongs to the group Lenovo is the agricultural arm of the holding company and specialises in fruit, tea and wine.
Most active vendors
Renfethe second most active seller in 2013, has completed six transactions, including the sale of the 40% he held at Alfil Logistics a DammThe company's other shareholder, which thus acquires 100% of the company's capital for €1.34 million.
Telefónica, in addition to being the largest buyer, is also the third largest seller with 5 transactions, including the sale of 65.9% for a total cash consideration of €2,467M of the share capital of Telefónica Czech Republic, which includes the activities in Slovakia.