MENA M&A Flat In Q-1 of This Year

MENA M&A Flat In Q-1 of This Year

MENA M&A Flat In Q-1 of This Year

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recorded 13 M&A’s (mergers and acquisitions) in Q-1 of Y 2016, an unchanged number from the same frae in Y 2015, a study showed on Monday.

But the total value of these deals dropped by 39.7% to US$1.5-B from US$2.5-B, said the study released by financial intelligence service Mergermarket.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranked 1st with 7 deals totaling US$447-M, said the global research editor at Mergermarket.

“The highest valued UAE deal of the Quarter was the $292-M acquisition of e-Commerce platform Souq.com, by Standard Chartered Private Equity Limited, Baillie Gifford and International Finance Corporation, in a funding round that valued the company at 1 billion dollars,” she added.

Mergermarket identifies the telecommunications sector as the most targeted in the Middle East, entirely as a result of Saudi Telecom Company’s US$494-M acquisition of Kuwait Telecommunications, the highest valued deal of the Quarter.

Another sector that experienced considerable growth was the construction segment, which recorded US$135-M in Q-1 of Y 2016, compared with US$41-M in Y 2015.

Transport posted US$90-M in Q-1, compared to US$21-M in the same frame last year.

By Tian Shaohui

Paul Ebeling, Editor

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