Mid-market M&A driving Asia-Pacific growth

By Michael Sonego - October 26, 2016

Asia-Pacific mid-market M&A has grown 11% as a share of the world’s total mid-market total activity over the last five years, according to Baker Tilly Pitcher Partners’ Michael Sonego.

“Asia-Pacific mid-market deal activity as a proportion of global M&A activity is up from 28% in 2011 to 39% in 2015,” said Sonego.

“The mid-market represents 58% of Asia-Pacific deal volume, with 89% of deals transacting at under USD250m.

“Mid-market deals are a stronger component of deal volume and value in the Asia-Pacific region as compared to globally – on a global basis mid-market deals total 32% by volume and just 13% by value.”

Michael Sonego pointed to Australia as key market within the Asia-Pacific, and highlighted the impact of increasing maturity in the technology sector.

“Australia continues to be a proactive market for both domestic and international investors. 

“In 2015, Australia saw its strongest year for dealmaking since 2011.

“We are increasingly receiving intelligence from banks and other sources that show key focus areas for all buyers is mid-market deals, rather than transformational bulge bracket deals.

“Australia is transitioning from a resources to services-based economy, and Australia is becoming a hotbed for acquisitions in the technology and services industries.

“New, innovative upstarts are reaching mid-market status and driving M&A activity as a result.

“Mid-market deals in the technology, media and telecommunications space have surpassed acquisitions of mining assets thus far in 2016.”

Sonego also pointed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as providing impetus for even further activity in Australia in the near future.

“The TPP, signed in February 2016, is expected to lower trade barriers in the region.

“Australia’s ratification of the treaty is an important signal of our recognition of the importance of foreign capital as driving economic growth in the region.”

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