Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2019

13 February 2019

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2019, published in association with Pitcher Partners.
Dealmakers in Australia were certainly busy last year, rounding out 2018 with strong deal flows that saw M&A volumes increase 5% year on year and marking the fourth year of growth for acquisitions and takeovers. With Australia primed and ready for another stellar year of M&A, we look at trends shaping the mid-market and the opportunities that are opening for domestic and foreign investors.  
In this fifth issue of the Dealmakers report, we once again spoke with 60 M&A dealmakers for their first-hand insights and expectations regarding activity in the Australian mid-market in 2019 and beyond. 
Key highlights include:
  • Deal flow in 2019: 67% of respondents expect an increase in the level of mid-market dealmaking in the next 12 months, and 33% expect it to at least remain the same as current levels.
  • Key investor groups: 92% of respondents expect increases in private equity deals in the year ahead, with 90% saying the same for foreign inbound deals.
  • Federal elections: 95% of dealmakers say that, generally, the upcoming federal election will have either no impact or a positive impact on mid-market M&A, although 30% say that a change in government could have a negative impact on this M&A.