2018’s top three M&A sectors

April 29, 2019

Technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), consumer goods and financial services are once again tapped to lead mid-market dealmaking in 2019 as the Australian economy continues its transformation to a services-based model. In real terms, however, energy, mining and utilities (EMU) remains firmly in the front seat as the sector leader for mid-market totals.

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  • Mid-market Energy, mining and utilities M&A saw a 6% increase in 2018
  • M&A in the Leisure sector is expected to increase in activity in 2019, depending on the quality of assets available
  • Australia continues to offer attractive Consumer sector opportunities, with foreign inbound totals in 2018 supporting this

Respondents widely expect deals to increase in 2019 across most sectors, with standouts once again in technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), consumer and financial services. Respondents mention that dealmaking in these segments will be particularly aggressive as established companies use acquisitions to snap up the latest and greatest tech-savvy mid-market firms to enhance their digital offerings and tap into new customer markets. In this way, mid-market M&A will enable these companies to remain leaders instead of becoming laggards, with those dealmakers surveyed widely agreeing that innovation and agility are the mid-market’s greatest value adds.

The findings are part of research conducted by Pitcher Partners in our fifth annual M&A report, Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2019. This year’s report once again surveyed various domestic and international dealmakers to gather their insights and opinions to help paint a portrait of expectations for deal volumes, drivers and opportunity sectors in 2019 and beyond.

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