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Gas and Power Investment Activity Set to Peak in the US and the EU.

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c43664) has announced the addition of Datamonitor's new report: Energy & Utilities Outlook - Five Factors That Will Shape the Future of Global Utilities: Predictions for 2007 & Beyond (Factor Two - Global Trends in Market Openings & M&A) to their offering.

Global market liberalisation in gas and power continues apace, as investment activity is set to peak in the US and EU. Several large markets are set for retail market opening in 2007 while liberalisation continues in most developing markets, even if only in the gas and power generation sectors. The EU will re-emerge as the world's utility M&A hotspot.

Scope of this title:

- A projection of key M&A trends in 2007, the factors driving deals, and M&A hotspots.

- A projection of the challenges and the opportunities in certain liberalizing jurisdictions.

- A review of global market openings.

Highlights of this title:

- Federal states such as the U.S., Canada and Australia have left the decision to open up full retail competition to the state / provincial level of government. Developing nations such as Brazil and India have restarted liberalization measures, though reforms are stalling. - In India, investment in 2007 may be open at all levels of the value chain. High levels of debt by state electricity boards (mandated power purchasers) may be resolved, to facilitate IPPs. State generation/transmission/distribution companies may finally be unbundled in accordance with 2003 legislation.

- Legislative changes in the U.S. will begin to boost M&A and investment in energy networks in 2007. Partly in response to the August 2003 blackout, the Environmental Policy Act 2005 removed onerous approval and reporting conditions imposed on foreign and non-utility companies investing in U.S. energy businesses.

Reasons to order your copy:

- Understand how energy sector liberalization is progressing in different markets, including the challenging faced in some jurisdictions.

- Understand key factors influencing M&A deals in 2007.

- Project the intensity of M&A activity in major markets.

OUR VIEW

PREDICTION

Global market liberalization in gas and power continues apace, as investment activity is set to peak in the US and EU.

SUMMARY

Several large markets are set for retail market opening in 2007 while liberalization continues in most developing markets, even if only in the gas and power generation sectors. The nature of M&A activity will shift, as high energy prices are viewed as permanent market features and asset swaps are increasingly relied upon for structural hedging. The EU will re-emerge as the world's utility M&A hotspot.

METHODOLOGY

ANALYSIS

Movement towards full retail competition in major power markets will continue to be patchwork, the EU and Japan excepted

Utility M&A activity will track market liberalization locations and timetables

In certain high-growth countries market reforms will proceed, but will be limited to exploration/production and power generation

India and China are two of the fastest growing markets: however only India will present investment opportunities across the energy value chain

In 2007 global market consensus on the permanence of high energy prices will ease acquisition finance and positively influence M&A activity

Europe will regain center-stage as the global gas and power M&A hotspot 4

M&A Deals in the Global Power Sector

Access to networks is driving M&A activity in spite of liberalization, but the role of asset swaps will increase

The prevalence of asset swaps will cause deal volumes to plateau

APPENDIX 7

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List of Figures

Figure 1: M&A Deals in the Global Power Sector

Figure 2: M&A Deals in the Global Oil and Gas pipeline sector 6

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