US M&A activity dips during third quarter

US oil and gas merger and acquisition activity fell sharply in the third quarter, but the trend is shifting toward asset sales and away from stock deals. Click here to enlarge imageMergers, acquisitions, and divestments (MA&D) disclosed in the first 9 months of 2000 reached a total of $31.8 billion in 289 transactions, according to Randall & Dewey Inc., Houston. The number of deals includes 87 transactions announced during the third quarter totaling $2.8 billion.These were among the conclusions of the firm's quarterly analysis of selected US MA&D activity, based on transactions announced during the first 9 months of the year (Fig. 1). "While the third quarter volume was less than 10%...

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