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M&A Forum examines the 2014 record high deal flow in the Nordics

Stockholm – The Nordic region had a strong year in 2014, with total deal values increasing by 40.6 % from 2013 to €61.7bn. In 2015 so far there have been 117 deals worth EUR 14.2bn. This represents a 23.9% decrease from the same period last year, where 157 deals were valued at EUR 18.6bn.

Mergermarket’s annual Nordic M&A Forum in Stockholm will examine the M&A environment in the Nordic region and provide an in-depth analysis of expected deal trends in 2015.

Over 300 international CEOs, CFOs and M&A executives are joining private equity investors and corporate advisors to examine the cross-border deal outlook at the M&A Forum in Stockholm.

“2014 witnessed record high M&A activity across the Nordics. In an increasingly turbulent global macro environment the Nordic countries are perceived by many investors as a stable and attractive region for investments. Despite the relatively high cost base in the Nordics, the Nordic industries have repeatedly demonstrated an ability to compete internationally based on innovation and technology”, says Christel Thunell, Nordic Correspondent at Mergermarket.

At the 2015 Nordic M&A Forum keynote speaker and Swedbank Chief Economist, Harald Magnus Andreassen, will share his thoughts on oil prices and global growth, while expert panels discuss cross-border opportunities in 2015, corporate M&A techniques and private equity trends to provide in-depth analysis and insights to the Nordic and international deal outlook.

“The Nordic countries have recently cut interest rates, and I expect further cuts. Ultimately it could mean that investors are awaiting investments in anticipation of lower prices. This could create a negative spiral. We also see that the effects of the fall in oil price will rub of onto the mainland economy, but we will hardly need to make dramatic changes in economic policy”, says Swedbank’s Chief Economist Harald Magnus Andreassen.

Following the global trend of increasing cross-border activity, the Nordics have been no exception. In 2015 to-date, Nordic companies have seen 27 deals worth EUR 9.5bn made by bidders from outside of the region. In 2014, investments made by international companies increased by 47.6% to €30.6bn (2013: €20.7bn). So far this year, Sweden has been the most popular destination country with nine inbound deals valued at EUR 9.3bn, up 37.4% by value compared to the same period last year following a Canadian consortium investing in Fortum Distribution for EUR 6.6bn.

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