Author: Valentina Pasquali
Project Coordinator: Denise Bedell

M&A activity in 2011 was driven by the Energy and Power sector, according to Thompson Reuters. This accounted for 19.8% of announced deals, both cross-border and not. The Financial and Materials sectors followed in second and third position, with 13.6% an d 13% of total volume respectively . Telecommunications suffered the largest year-on-year decline, falling 50.1% from 2010.

Data is from the 2012 World Investment Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD,) with additional data from Thomson Reuters' M&A Review, year end 2011, and Thompson Reuters' 2Q 2012 M&A Review.

Cross-border M&A sales, by sector/industry, Top Ten 2011 (data in millions of $US) Cross-border M&A purchases, by sector/industry, Top Ten 2011 (data in millions of $US)

Like Thompson Reuters, UNCTAD collects statistics on M&A activity, including on the volume of cross-border mergers and acquisitions by sector and industry. In this case, data is divided into two lists, by purchaser and by seller.

Please not that sectors and industries are at times defined differently by these organizations; therefore data do not match perfectly.

In terms of sales, UNCTAD found that, in 2011, the Mining, quarrying and petroleum sector dominated the ranking, accounting for approximately 23.4% of overall volume. Finance instead led the list by purchases with 28% of total activity.

Chemicals and chemical products, Business services, Food, beverages and tobacco and Finance completed the 2011 top-five by sales. Chemicals and chemical products came second in the list by purchases as well, followed by Mining, quarrying and petroleum in third position, Transport, storage and communications in fourth place and Business services in the fifth spot.

These had been dominant industries in the previous four years as well.

The latest preliminary data from Thompson Reuters, covering the first two quarters of 2012, suggest that the Energy and Power sector remain the strongest driver of M&A activity, both cross-border and not, accounting for 18% of total volume. Materials comes second with 13% and Finance third with 11%. The Retail and Consumer staples sectors are showing gains over the first half of 2011. Media & entertainment and Consumer products are so far the biggest loser, falling 46% and 45% respectively.

Data is from the 2012 World Investment Report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD,) with additional data from Thomson Reuters' M&A Review, year end 2011, and Thompson Reuters' 2Q 2012 M&A Review.

Value of cross-border M&A sales, by sector/industry, 2007-2011 (data in millions of $US)
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Value of cross-border M&A purchases, by sector/industry, 2007-201 1 (data in millions of $US)
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