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Europe to See increase M&A activity in 2012

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December 16, 2011

Despite low share prices, companies are still not making M&A moves in Europe, begins a new report from BCC. But it is not all bad news as Reuters reports that in 2012, every sixth company says it is planning an acquisition of a rival with a revenue of greater EUR 500 Million. The survey polled 148 managers of European companies.

Key points

– 46% will not complete an acquisition. Which is slightly more than 41% in the last survey. The main reason is lack of fitting targets and valuations.

– Acquisitions in emerging markets are planned by 28% of managers, up from 16% last year. Expansion and growth are the drivers.

– More executives than last year expect deals in their sector to be cross-continental, a trend that comes with its own risks

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