A new survey by Roland Berger on M&A sentiment in 2013 says that just over half of those surveyed are slightly upbeat about the development of private equity-driven M&A this year. The report says that a substantial improvement is expected in the availability of attractive acquisition targets. The situation in the financial markets and the development of the euro crisis are expected to improve slightly.
Some 52% of those surveyed expect to see an increase in the number of transactions. Scandinavia and Germany are seen as the leading countries for growth of private equity-driven M&A activity in 2013. Poland, the UK and CEE should grow slightly as well, while declines are expected in Iberia, Italy, France and Greece.
The sectors in favor are Pharma/Healthcare and Consumer Goods/Retail. Energy/Utilities as well as Technology & Media sectors are ranked second. At the bottom of the list are Automotive and Building/Construction. The mid-cap segment is forecast to dominate with a whopping 91% of the respondents expecting most deals businesses with values of less than EUR 250 million. (Image source: Roland Berger)