Fewer operations, more money
The investment volume in January was $8850.9 M, which is 725% more than the same period last year. This figure is due to the fact that large deals were closed, as the number of transactions this month 22, was lower than the number of deals closed in January 2014.
Major operations take centre stage
Transactions of more than $500M have been the main protagonists of the beginning of 2015. 6 transactions have been carried out for a total amount of $9.53B, which is more than the 3 transactions carried out in the same period of the previous year, $3.78B.
Among the most important operations we have the distribution segment as the protagonist, Los Soriana supermarkets have acquired Controladora Comercial Mexicana for $2676M.
"Soriana, which had already acquired 198 Gigante shops for 1350MTP$, now has 22% of the Mexican retail market, taking second place to Walmart, Mexico's largest retail chain," says Diego de ABRA INVEST.
Another major buyer is the telecommunications company AT&T, which will has purchased from the Mexican subsidiary from NII Holdings, Nextelfor $1,875 M.
After the acquisition of Iusacell for $2.5 billion and Nextel, US-based AT&T becomes the second largest telco in terms of revenues in the Mexican market, ahead of Telefónica-Movistar.
The third major sale and purchase during January was also in the telecommunications sector, Grupo Televisa has agreed to purchase Cablevisión Red and its commercial brand Telecable for $687 MThe new system is still awaiting approval from the regulatory authorities.
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