Midwest deal value has already surpassed 2013

Midwest mergers and acquisitions deal value over the first half of 2014 has already surpassed the value of deals for all of 2013, according to a recent report from MergerMarket.

The Midwest M&A Trend Report: H1 2014 shows the 464 Midwest deals in the first half of 2014 totaled $113.6 billion, far above the $79.7 billion in Midwest deal value for 2013 as a whole.

The Midwest area in the report includes Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and South Dakota.

Among the top deals was Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corp.’s $9 billion acquisition of Chicago-based Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Consumer M&A was the most active sector by deal value over the first half of the year, with Japan-based Suntory Holdings’ acquisition of Deerfield, Ill.-based Beam accounting for $15.4 billion of the $28.3 billion total.

In the industrials and chemicals sector, 156 deals were completed for a total of $25.6 billion, up from 92 deals totaling $6.9 billion in the first half of 2013.

There were 34 deals worth $17.2 billion in the pharma, medical and biotech industry, an 841 percent increase from the first half of 2013.

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