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Asia-Pacific: Mergers and acquisition deal activity remains inconsistent during Q1 2020

Monday, May 04, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The mergers and acquisition (M&A) deal activity in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region remained inconsistent during the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, said a study.

GlobalData revealed that the number of announced M&A deals decreased from 494 in February 2020 to 457 in March 2020 while at the same time the deal value increased from $24.1bn to $28.6bn.

According to the data and analytics company, Asia-Pacific witnessed growth in deal value in March, mainly due to one high-value deal announced during the month, excluding which deal value too declined.

Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst at GlobalData said: "The subdued deal activity could be attributed to acquirers adopting a cautious approach due to COVID-19 outbreak."

The announcement of the acquisition of Tesco's operations in Thailand and Malaysia by Charoen Pokphand for $10.6bn during March 2020 raised the total value for the month.

In terms of deal volume, Japan occupied the top position with 317 M&A deals (accounting for 22.7% of total APAC deal volume) while China took the top spot in value terms with $16.5bn (accounting for 19.5% of total APAC deal value) in Q1 2020.

In volume terms, the top five countries (Japan, China, Australia, India, and Singapore) accounted for around 75% of total deal volume, whereas the top five countries (China, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore) in terms of value accounted for around 67% of total deal value.

However, most of these top markets have be......................

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