2018 will be a strong year for global mergers and acquisitions (M&A), a new study suggests.
Research published in recent days has revealed that the number of M&A deals agreed on a national scale in the first half (H1) of the year will be 10 per cent higher than the number of deals recorded in H1 2017.
The research, which has been tracking rumoured and early-stage deals, such as transactions that are almost on their way to the due diligence stage, claims to be an accurate indicator of expected performance for H1.
The UK market is set for “modest growth,” with early-stage M&A activity having already risen by four per cent in the past six months, the report claims.
Meanwhile, the number of deals in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is expected to grow significantly in H1, with forecasts suggesting activity will be up by as much as 14 per cent year-on-year.
Sectors and industries including industrials and materials, energy and power, beauty and healthcare and consumer and retail are all expected to perform well during the first half of the year, with the deal-making market bolstered by strong global economic growth, low inflation and low interest rates.
Commentators have also been keen to note that there is currently a strong supply of corporate and private equity bidders keen to expand and secure good deals.
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