By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4.com
According to PwC US, Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry hit a ten-year high during the fourth quarter of 2012 with 75 deals. In fact, that flurry of fourth quarter activity pushed overall deal volume in 2012 to a ten-year high at 204 transactions (for deals valued at over $50 million), representing $146.2 billion – the second highest total deal value in ten years.
Private equity deal activity in the oil and gas industry marked an all-time high in 2012 with 34 transactions (which represented $28.4 billion). In the fourth quarter of 2012, there were 11 financial sponsor-backed deals worth $6.9 billion, a slight drop from the 13 PE deals in the fourth quarter of 2011 that totaled $13.6 billion.
PwC notes that during 2012, master limited partnerships (MLPs) were involved in 42 transactions, representing more than 20 percent of total 2012 deal activity, continuing the trend of increased MLP involvement over the past two years (MLPs represented 15.6 percent of total deal activity in 2010 and 18.4 percent in 2011).
Asset transactions dominated total M&A deal volume during the fourth quarter of 2012 with 56 deals, a continuation of a trend that PwC noted during the third quarter of 2012, marking the highest volume of asset transactions in at least ten years. Total deal value for those asset transactions represented $27.2 billion, the second highest value in ten years. For all of 2012, there were 158 asset deals worth $89.3 billion.