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North American Acquirers Deliver Strong Performance In Second Quarter, Towers Watson Analysis Finds

North American acquirers outperformed their peers in the second quarter of 2013, according to data in the latest edition of Towers Watson’s (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW) Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor, which analyzes the post-deal performance of completed M&A deals with a value of at least $100 million. The research, run in partnership with Cass Business School in London, also showed that North American acquirers continue to strengthen their dominance in M&A activity, as the number of deals completed in the second quarter rose slightly.

In the second quarter, North American acquirers delivered an impressive performance, outperforming their regional index by 6.2 percentage points (pp). European acquirers outperformed their peers by 5.3 pp, while acquirers in the Asia Pacific region performed just below their regional index (–1.1 pp). For the first half of 2013, North American acquirers outperformed their regional index by 5.5 pp, pointing to a successful first six months of the year. European acquirers outperformed their regional index by 3.0 pp over the six-month period, while Asia Pacific acquirers outperformed their index by 4.4 pp.

“The latest statistics reveal an interesting picture of the developing M&A landscape and are very much a continuation of recent trends we have been seeing,” said Mary Cianni, global leader of M&A services at Towers Watson. “Although overall market volume has declined slightly, North American and European deal makers have enjoyed some success, suggesting that companies are being increasingly selective in bringing the best deals forward. Even in tough times, if a deal has real value, companies will proceed.”

The study found that the volume of deals completed in North America increased slightly during the second quarter, to 91, versus 84 deals completed in the first quarter. Globally, M&A volume declined for the second consecutive quarter of 2013.

“Globally, North America has been the only region to maintain deal volumes through the first half of the year. This consistency dates back to the past year, and acquirers are now reaping the rewards of greater market confidence. The latest data confirm the growing dominance of North American acquirers, which now account for roughly 60% of global M&A activity,” said Cianni.

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