Silver lining in cloudy M&A market: KPMG 2013 year in review

Materials segment falls flat; Changing demographics present marketplace 
TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian M&A sector remained flat for a 
second straight year in 2013, reflecting similar numbers from 2012, according 
to KPMG. The Materials segment also continued to flounder while other market 
segments showed some growth and promise as debt market liquidity gained 
momentum during the calendar year. 
Total M&A deals involving Canadian companies are expected to amount to US $139 
billion in 2013, representing a seven percent increase over 2012. Almost 
1,800 deals, virtually the same number as 2012, are expected to be completed 
by December 31, 2013 based on data supplied by Thomson Financial. 
The Materials segment, which includes Mining and Metals, remained in the 
doldrums. Despite a modest increase in deal value over last year, Materials 
continued to see a decline in the number of transactions, resulting in a 23 
percent decrease over 2012. 
The cost of debt capital hovered around historic lows in 2013. This allowed 
debt market liquidity to gain momentum throughout the year and reduce the 
costs of acquisitions, enticing intergenerational sellers to begin monetizing 
their assets. Private Canadian companies from coast to coast have come to 
the market in order to take advantage of strong selling conditions. KPMG 
foresees strong selling conditions continuing in Consumer and Industrial 
markets due in part to strength in automotive sales in North America coupled 
with increased consumer spending. 
Some of the landmark transactions involving Canadian companies in 2013 include: 

    --  The US $19.1 billion acquisition of Nexen by CNOOC Limited, a
        Chinese investment holding company
    --  The US $6 billion acquisition of the American retailer Neiman
        Marcus by a private equity consortium that included CPP
        Investment Board
    --  Sobeys' acquisition of Safeway Canada, a food retailer in
        Western Canada, for US $5.7 billion
    --  The acquisition of Ally Credit Canada by RBC for US $4.1
    --  Hudson's Bay Company's acquisition of Saks Incorporated for US
        $2.5 billion.


"It was another tough year for the Canadian Materials segment in 2013 but 
others showed signs of growth and strength which we expect to spill over into 
2014. Debt capital markets have been a catalyst for strong valuations and we 
anticipate that continuing in the year ahead."
    --  Peter Hatges,
        President, KPMG Corporate Finance, Inc.

"Whether the buyers are private equity firms or strategic investors, there 
appears to be an abundance of investment capital that is available, creating 
the opportunities for increased synergies and penetration into new markets by 
way of merger or acquisition."
    --  Martin-Pierre Roussel,
        Managing Director, Quebec Corporate Finance, KPMG Corporate
        Finance Inc.

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