Slow Week for U.S. Private Equity Deals

U.S. announced mergers fell back to Earth this week.

A spate of big announcements — H.J. Heinz, Dell and Virgin Media– helped boost deal value by 509% during the first half of February. This week, the last full one of February, deal value for U.S. mergers was much, much lower. There were 78 U.S. announced transactions for the period ended Feb. 21, valued at about $10.1 billion, according to data from Thomson Reuters. This compares to the same time period in 2012, when there were 118 transactions, valued at roughly $15.7 billion.

The week’s biggest deal was Linn Energy’s $2.5 billion offer for Berry Petroleum. Thomson Reuters values this transaction at $4.1 billion.

On the private equity side there were just seven announced deals this week, valued at $312 million, TR says. Last year, for the same time period, there were 24 PE-backed deals, totaling about $7.2 billion.

Here are the week’s top 5 deals, according to Thomson Reuters.

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  • I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that’s cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Epic2.c-om

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