Dealmakers: Mid-Market M&A In Australia 2016

By Michael Sonego - March 30, 2016

While eclipsed by the record-breaking performance of megadeals in 2015, Australian dealmaking remains firmly rooted in the mid-market. These deals – valued between AU$10m (US$7m) and AU$250m (US$173m) account for 73% of transactions in 2015.

In the face of market volatility this year, Australia is galvanising itself for a sea change towards a knowledge and service based economy characterised by innovation. Mid-market companies must recognise the cards they have been dealt, and prepare to play a winning hand, in order to stay ahead of the game.

In this exclusive report, Dealmakers: Mid-Market M&A in Australia 2016, Pitcher Partners, Australia’s leading mid-market professional services firm, in collaboration with M&A intelligence provider Mergermarket, explores the trends and challenges facing mid-market companies. The report delves into deal activity across sectors, delivering analysis and insights into the untold story of 73% of Australia’s M&A activity.

Key highlights from Dealmakers:

  • Mid-market volumes slipped by 19% compared to the prior year.
  • Deal activity was impacted by significant reductions in energy and mining together with a retreat in foreign capital and private equity.
  • While declining, M&A activity was concentrated in the leisure, energy, mining and utilities, business services, and consumer sectors.
  • While representing less than 10% of overall activity, agriculture and construction were the only sectors to report increased activity on 2014.
  • Insights from Pitcher Partners’ Michael Sonego, Simon Johnson, Warwick Face, Matthew Bowles and Andrew Faulkner on the benefits of pre-sale preparation and being sale ready in Australia’s mid-market.
  • Projections on hot sectors and deal drivers to watch for in 2016.

To view the report please click here.


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