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Corporate M&As up in first half

All News 14:50 August 13, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- Corporate mergers and acquisitions by South Korean firms rose sharply in the first six months of this year from a year earlier, the antitrust regulator said Thursday.

The value of M&As -- which involved local companies and were approved by the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) -- reached 18.8 trillion won (US$15.8 billion) in the January-June period, up 48.1 percent from the 12.7 trillion won tallied a year earlier, according to the FTC.

The number of M&A cases rose to 356 from 270 over the cited period, the commission said.

The FTC said large business groups sought mergers as part of efforts to realign and diversify their business portfolios, with the value of such M&As hitting 8.9 trillion won in the January-June period, compared with 4.2 trillion won a year earlier.

Major M&As involving local companies included the property developer Hyundai Development-led consortium's proposed purchase of Asiana Airlines Inc., South Korea's second-largest carrier, from Kumho Industrial, a construction unit of Kumho Asiana Group, for 2.5 trillion won.

The consortium had planned to complete the acquisition by June 27, but the deal has since been thrown in doubt as the sides have been at odds over acquisition terms due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This file photo shows the Fair Trade Commission's main office in Sejong, an administrative hub located about 130 kilometers southeast of Seoul. (Yonhap)


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