SOURCE: The Mergermarket Group

June 07, 2012 10:00 ET

mergermarket Releases Exclusive M&A Spotlight on Latin America

Latin America's M&A, Private Equity and IPO Markets Have Shown Relative Resilience Despite Global Slowdown

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) - mergermarket, an independent and proprietary M&A media service, today released an M&A Spotlight report focusing on Latin America. The report takes a look at merger and acquisition trends in Latin American countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia. According to the data, from January 2012 until late May, M&A deals declined less in Latin America -- about 29% globally while 24% in Latin America -- as compared to the same 2011 period.

The M&A Spotlight includes data and charts for the following, which have previously not been published elsewhere:

  • A Heat Chart of M&A Activity in Latin America
  • Ease of Exit Analysis
  • Average EBIDTA Multiples
    • Latin America shows lowest average EBITDA multiple at 9.8x
  • Inbound Oil & Gas M&A as a Catalyst for Increased Oil Production
    • Inbound M&A activity in Oil & Gas sector in Brazil, Colombia translates into increased oil production
  • Chile Cross-Border M&A Activity
  • M&A Days to Completion vs. Ease of Doing Business in Latin America and Other Emerging Markets
    • Chile averages 31 days to completion; ranks higher than Mexico, Brazil
  • Industry Analysis of Inbound M&A into Latin America - YE 2007 vs. YE 2011

In contrast to other regions, not even the stronger turbulence felt more recently in financial markets has brought dealmakers in Latin America to a halt. Private equity and venture capital firms are still capitalized after a record fundraising season that peaked in mid-2011 and many companies closing long-term deals tend to have hedged their investments. Moreover, weaker currencies in Latin America should increase the region's international competitiveness, while slower economic growth may bring down valuations in some overheated sectors.

Priscilla Murphy, mergermarket's Latin America Bureau Chief, said, "Despite declines, financial and legal advisors consulted by mergermarket journalists in recent weeks have kept their cool in ongoing deals, though the impact of the market's pullback has varied between countries. Even as financial conditions deteriorate, some players have signaled that they continue on the lookout for acquisition opportunities."

A full copy of the M&A Spotlight on Latin America can be downloaded at:

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