Deal volumes and values reached record highs in 2012. (Source: Catalyst Corporate Finance & Ricardo Strategic Consulting.)
Deal volumes and values reached record highs in 2012. (Source: Catalyst Corporate Finance & Ricardo Strategic Consulting.)

Mergers and acquisitions activity hit a record high in 2012 with a 71% annual increase in the number of transactions (see Figure) and it is off to a strong start in 2013, the reports says. Trade buyers will be at the forefront of this trend and the high level of cross border transactions will continue.

“The driving force behind this trend will be raw materials manufacturers looking to secure component production capacity alongside OEMs who will be leveraging partnerships to access key technologies,” explains Mark Humphries, Partner at Catalyst.

“We also expect to see not only trade buyers active in the market, but increasing interest from private equity who will see the sector as an opportunity to develop buy and build platforms or acquire businesses to build their portfolio in the sector.”

 


Also seeMergers, acquisitions & joint ventures review – 2012.