In October, both the number and amount of Russian investors' transactions abroad reached the lowest values since the start of the year: 2 transactions for a total of $68.2 million were registered, according to the recent issue of AK&M Information Agency's monthly bulletin MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS MARKET.
Cross-border M&A deals are traditionally few and far between in October: Russian investors spent abroad a mere $32.4 million in this month in 2011, just over $38.2 million in 2012.
The largest cross-border M&A event in October 2013 was the acquisition by businessman Alexander Chigirinsky of a controlling stake in FC Vitesse (Netherlands) estimated at $40 million.
For ten months 2013, Russian investors finalized 51 transactions abroad. While their number increased by 5 compared with the same period in 2012, their total amount decreased by 36% to $5,697.8 million from $8,961.7 million in January-October 2012.
Oil and gas production, oil refining were the most M&A segments in the way of transactions, whether finalized or intended. Also, single transactions were finalized or are being negotiated in the sectors of electric power, production of construction materials, and chemical industry. As a whole, Russian investors' M&A activity abroad is now close to the freezing point.