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Caution Reigns in M&A

10:31 AM MST | March 6, 2009 | Robert Westervelt

A plunge in profits and demand, impaired credit markets, and lack of clarity about when conditions will stabilize are putting a decided chill on M&A deals, as this week’s cover story shows (p. 18). Global chemical industry deal values fell 27%, to $40 billion, in 2008, according to data compiled by Young & Partners (Y&P; New York). That amount is inflated, however, by AkzoNobel’s $16-billion acquisition of ICI early last year. The number of completed deals fell 32%, Y&P says. Activity slowed markedly in the second half of 2008 as...

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