Survey: Australian M&A continues to outperform global markets

March 13, 2019

The dealmaking picture in Australia has played out differently compared to global trends. While global M&A has remained all but flat over the past three years, Australian M&A has been on an aggressive and persistent uptrend over the past two years.

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  • Global M&A posting a decline of 1% by deal volume
  • 2018 saw deal Australian M&A volumes grow 63% in volume terms and 56% by value from 2016 figures
  • 43% of survey respondents believe the Federal election will have a positive impact on mid-market dealmaking
  • 42% of survey respondents indicated that a change of Government would have neutral or no impact on mid-market dealmaking in 2019

Australian M&A concluded another healthy year of growth, rounding out 2018 with deals increasing 5% and dollar values rising 34%. The AU$164.1bn in deals capped a new record not seen since 2015 and all signs point to another promising year. M&A growth will likely come from deals done in the mid-market – transactions valued between AU$10m and AU$250m, which accounted for 70% of deals in 2018.  

Sentiment remains strong among international strategic and private investors toward Australia’s ability to deliver valuable deal opportunities, positive economics, and political stability. These are all significant positives that investors these days cannot take for granted, especially in an environment marked by various market complexities – such as the constant disruption from digital competitors

and regulatory changes in key economies – and the new normal of geopolitical volatility. For these reasons, Australia is poised to maintain its safe-haven status for international investors looking for stable shores and reliable returns.

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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