Trading Conditions Marginally Improve and Consolidation Activity Continues to Grow in the First Quarter of 2010

In the first quarter of 2010 the number of acquisitions announced has grown by 50% on the same period of 2009 and has more than doubled based on the cost of buying. This trend looks set to continue for the rest of this year. Deals announced in March have significantly increased on February but have not reached the January bumper start to 2010 that had 9 deals including the Broadview Security acquisition which added $2 Billion to the acquisition kitty. We recorded 7 deals in March compared with 3 transactions in the same month of 2009. On both the metrics of volume and value acquisition activity is well up on the same period of 2009, confirming the continuing trend for growth in the consolidation process during the last 7 months. Schneider Electric has returned to the dealing table with the purchase of Zicom Electronic Security Systems one of India’s leading security companies. This looks a […]

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