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UK domestic mergers and acquisitions plunge to 30 year low following Brexit

“Lingering political uncertainty continues to affect UK deal making as the value of domestic mergers and acquisitions since the country’s vote to leave the European Union plunged 62 percent to a 30 year-low,” says Lucille Jones, Analyst, Deals Intelligence at Thomson Reuters.

A dearth of larger deals is partly to blame – not a single domestic M&A deal over the value of US$1 billion has been announced since the Brexit vote. The last time this occurred during the same period was in 2001.

Foreign purchases of British firms during the post-Brexit period have also dropped to total US$55.2 billion, a fall of 69 percent from the same period last year in which Anheuser-Busch Inbev announced a US$110.3 billion bid for SABMiller Plc.

The data show spending by British companies on foreign deals has jumped by 59 percent however, to US$88.5 billion. This is more than any comparable period since 2007 but does include British American Tobacco’s US$57.8 billion offer for U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. This is the largest UK outbound deal post-Brexit vote and accounts for 65 percent of outbound M&A, by value, during this period.

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