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Kommersant: Mergers and Acquisitions Meeting Their Potential

EXTRACT: The acquisition of 50 percent plus one stock in Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. for $7.45 billion accounted for much of the value of deals in that sector.  

May 08, 2007

The M&A Intelligence analytical group has calculated the volume of merger and acquisition deals that included Russian companies in the first quarter of the year. The researchers found that the value of the deals had more than quadrupled in comparison with the same period of last year. The hydrocarbon and energy sectors have significant volume at present, but the potential for dramatic growth was noted in banking.

According to M&A Intelligence, there were 188 merger and acquisition transactions involving Russian companies in the first quarter. They were worth a total of $20,864,700,000. The number of deals increased 42.2 percent over the same period last year and their value increased by 4.5 times. The average value of each deal increased from $56.11 million to $176.82 million.

The analysts noted that the main tendencies in acquisitions and mergers has been sectoral diversification and the presence of state companies on the market. The greatest number of transactions, 11, took place in natural gas and oil and were worth $8.86 billion. The acquisition of 50 percent plus one stock in Sakhalin Energy Investment Co. for $7.45 billion accounted for much of the value of deals in that sector.
 

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