China outbound M&A deals up 26% in 2012

A Capital says cross-border Chinese M&A transactions reached $37.8 billion last year, with resources the biggest target.
A Capital's Dragon Index: up 14% for 2012
A Capital's Dragon Index: up 14% for 2012

Chinese outbound MA activity increased year on year to $37.8 billion in 2012, a 26% increase, says Beijing-based A Capital, a private equity fund that invests in mid-sized European companies aiming to grow their business in China.

It compiles the Dragon Index, measuring total China overseas direct investment, including MA and greenfield transactions, divided by China’s gross domestic product.

On that basis, the index rose 14% during 2012. Foreign direct investment into China declined by 4%, says A Capital, although it remains a bigger flow overall.

Within MA, which accounts for 49% of the outbound flow, nearly 60% of volumes went...

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