The M&A activity in the financial sector stayed high in 2013. The number of transactions increased by 31% to 55 against 42 in 2012. However, their total amount dropped 38.3% to $4,022.5 million compared with $6,520.7 million the year before, due to the absence of large-scale transactions, the purchase of a controlling stake in Nomos-Bank by Otkritie FC for $1.18 billion (indicative value) being the largest transaction in 2013, according to the recent issue of AK&M Information Agency's monthly bulletin MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS MARKET (no. 192).
For banks, the most frequent M&A targets in the financial sector (62% of the transactions, 34 out of 55 deals), 2013 was a year of consolidation driven by tighter regulation.
AK&M analysts assume that the M&A activity in the banking segment will remain high throughout the first half of 2014. However, the lower asset quality and weaker loan books are bringing down multiples on deals.
The need to go public and more stringent regulation also spur transactions in the NPF segment.
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AK&M "M&A Market"
"AK&M", 14.02.2014 13:49