The merger and acquisition activity in UAE dropped in 2014 as compared to the previous years where a growing trend was observed. The total number of cross-border mergers and acquisitions has dropped by 24% in 2014.
The next year the increase is expected in the number of merger and acquisition activity as the UAE market is still very attractive for the foreign investors. The recent developments in UAE and strong economic conditions offer favorable conditions for business operations. That’s why the experts say that the number of mergers and acquisition will surge in upcoming year.
In previous year 2013 the market observed increase in the number of mergers and acquisitions where the total worth of transactions was $11.2 billion (Dh41.1bn). There were total 62 deals were announced in 2013.
In 2014 the total value of mergers and acquisitions observed was $8.5bn (Dh31.2bn) and there were 58 deals announced till mid of December.
On the other hand the outbound mergers and acquisitions increased by 67% in 2014 as compared to the previous year. The total value of outbound mergers and acquisitions exceeded $29 billion.
In 2014, UAE companies invested heavily in real estate, energy and power, financials, technology and healthcare sectors.