Click here to close now.




















Welcome!

News Feed Item

Confidence in Global M&A Activity Remains High, Says 7th Annual Brunswick Group M&A Survey

- Healthcare, Technology & Telecoms Expected to Lead Deal Activity in North America -

NEW ORLEANS, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past three years, dealmakers have been increasingly bullish about deal activity, only to be disappointed by the tepid recovery in M&A.  Will 2014 be the year the optimism proves correct? 

According to the 7th Annual Brunswick Group M&A Survey, confidence in the global M&A landscape remains high for 2014, encouraged by greater confidence among CEOs and in the Board room, overall improving economic conditions and a buoyant stock market.  With several mega-deals already announced in the first quarter of 2014, including Facebook's proposed $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp, Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, and Actavis' proposed $25 billion acquisition of Forest Laboratories, advisors have reason to be encouraged.

Almost all North American-based advisors believe M&A volume will increase (83%) or stay the same (15%) this year.  Dealmakers in Europe and Greater China are even more bullish on deal activity in their local regions than last year, with 72% and 74% of advisors polled, respectively, predicting an uptick.

The 7th Annual Brunswick Group M&A Survey polled over 160 top advisors from North America, Greater China, and Europe.  Results were released ahead of the 26th Annual Tulane University Law School Corporate Law Institute, an annual gathering of the deal community that draws lawyers, bankers, Delaware judges and other market participants.

"On the back of a flat year in 2013, this year is off to a strong start, and the consensus among M&A practitioners is that deal activity is picking up," said Steven Lipin, senior partner, Brunswick Group. "The survey also revealed that dealmakers expect the use of stock as a currency to climb amid a buoyant stock market, and continued deal interference by activists."

Ripest Sectors for Consolidation
For the first time in several years, North American advisors see healthcare (73%) as the busiest sector for consolidation, up from only 14% in last year's survey of North American advisors, followed by longtime staple technology & telecoms (70%) and energy (43%).  Advisors in Greater China also see technology & telecoms (67%) and healthcare (57%) as the two most popular sectors, while Europe-based respondents believe the technology & telecoms (60%) and financial services (40%) sectors are ripest for consolidation in 2014.   

Domestic Deals to Drive U.S. Deal Flow
Nearly three-fourths (72%) of North American advisors expect domestic transactions among strategic buyers to make up the majority of the U.S. M&A market in 2014, similar to last year (71%).  In terms of inbound activity, 58% of North American advisors believe the most inbound deals will originate in Greater China and expect more European buyers to be active in 2014 (36%, up from 23% last year), while only 3% expect buyers to be from Latin America (down from 11% last year).  European advisors are anticipating an inflow of M&A investment from North America (72%, up from 61% last year), while Greater China advisors expect acquisitions by Chinese companies to be targeted toward Europe (46%) and Africa (27%).

Deal Interference from Shareholder Activists to Increase
The rise of shareholder activism is set to continue, with two-thirds of advisors or more expecting to see an increase in the level of deal interference by shareholder activists in 2014 (88% in Europe, 69% in North America and 64% in Greater China).  Advisors in North America (39%) and Europe (52%) predict the most recurring demand among shareholder activists this year will be for spinoffs, sales or divestitures.  Nine in ten (91%) of North American advisors believe companies will agree to put shareholder activists on their boards in order to avoid public fights.

More Deals to Use Mix of Cash and Stock
For the first time in five years, advisors in North America expect to see a decrease in the number of deals done with all cash (25%), driven by rising equity values.  More than half of respondents (58%) predict that deals will use a mix of cash and stock, although there is an expected uptick in the number using all stock (17%).  Almost two in three (63%) of advisors in Greater China believe they will see more deals using a mix of cash and stock, while 37% expect more deals using all cash.  Advisors in Europe expect to see a decrease in the number of deals being done with all cash (38%) and growth in deals using a mix of cash and stock (58%).

Outward Expansion to Drive M&A Growth in China
Greater China-based deal advisors believe the primary drivers of M&A activity in 2014 will be the growing appetite among privately-owned Chinese companies (53%) and Chinese State Owned Enterprises (50%) for foreign expansion.  Advisors believe Greater China acquirers will most likely invest in Europe (46%) or Africa (27%).  Political tension in the Asia region is not expected to have a significant impact on intra-Asian deal activity in 2014, with half (46%) of Greater China advisors predicting a minor reduction in deal activity and almost as many (43%) anticipating no impact at all.  

The survey was distributed to Brunswick's proprietary database of leading M&A advisors and consultants in March 2014. The results were analyzed by Brunswick Insight, the firm's specialist opinion research practice, focusing on understanding the views of opinion formers around the world. 

The full survey results can be found on the Brunswick Group website at www.brunswickgroup.com/publications/surveys/.

About Brunswick Group
Brunswick Group is a private partnership with a growing team of more than 700 people, including over 100 partners around the world. The firm has grown organically since it was established in 1987 and currently has 22 wholly owned offices in 13 countries. Brunswick is the global leader in financial and corporate communications, and provides senior counsel to clients around the globe on critical issues that affect reputation, valuation and business success. The firm's service offer comprises corporate and financial communications, investor relations, internal communications and perception research. Brunswick operates offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dallas, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Vienna and Washington DC.

Contact
Christopher Beattie
[email protected]
+1 212-333-3810

SOURCE Brunswick Group

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Skeuomorphism usually means retaining existing design cues in something new that doesn’t actually need them. However, the concept of skeuomorphism can be thought of as relating more broadly to applying existing patterns to new technologies that, in fact, cry out for new approaches. In his session at DevOps Summit, Gordon Haff, Senior Cloud Strategy Marketing and Evangelism Manager at Red Hat, discussed why containers should be paired with new architectural practices such as microservices rathe...
With the proliferation of connected devices underpinning new Internet of Things systems, Brandon Schulz, Director of Luxoft IoT – Retail, will be looking at the transformation of the retail customer experience in brick and mortar stores in his session at @ThingsExpo. Questions he will address include: Will beacons drop to the wayside like QR codes, or be a proximity-based profit driver? How will the customer experience change in stores of all types when everything can be instrumented and a...
As more and more data is generated from a variety of connected devices, the need to get insights from this data and predict future behavior and trends is increasingly essential for businesses. Real-time stream processing is needed in a variety of different industries such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Automobile, Finance, Online Retail, Smart Grids, and Healthcare. Azure Stream Analytics is a fully managed distributed stream computation service that provides low latency, scalable processing of ...
It’s been proven time and time again that in tech, diversity drives greater innovation, better team productivity and greater profits and market share. So what can we do in our DevOps teams to embrace diversity and help transform the culture of development and operations into a true “DevOps” team? In her session at DevOps Summit, Stefana Muller, Director, Product Management – Continuous Delivery at CA Technologies, answered that question citing examples, showing how to create opportunities for ...
Everyone talks about continuous integration and continuous delivery but those are just two ends of the pipeline. In the middle of DevOps is continuous testing (CT), and many organizations are struggling to implement continuous testing effectively. After all, without continuous testing there is no delivery. And Lab-As-A-Service (LaaS) enhances the CT with dynamic on-demand self-serve test topologies. CT together with LAAS make a powerful combination that perfectly serves complex software developm...
WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong.
Any Ops team trying to support a company in today’s cloud-connected world knows that a new way of thinking is required – one just as dramatic than the shift from Ops to DevOps. The diversity of modern operations requires teams to focus their impact on breadth vs. depth. In his session at DevOps Summit, Adam Serediuk, Director of Operations at xMatters, Inc., will discuss the strategic requirements of evolving from Ops to DevOps, and why modern Operations has begun leveraging the “NoOps” approa...
As more intelligent IoT applications shift into gear, they’re merging into the ever-increasing traffic flow of the Internet. It won’t be long before we experience bottlenecks, as IoT traffic peaks during rush hours. Organizations that are unprepared will find themselves by the side of the road unable to cross back into the fast lane. As billions of new devices begin to communicate and exchange data – will your infrastructure be scalable enough to handle this new interconnected world?
In today's digital world, change is the one constant. Disruptive innovations like cloud, mobility, social media, and the Internet of Things have reshaped the market and set new standards in customer expectations. To remain competitive, businesses must tap the potential of emerging technologies and markets through the rapid release of new products and services. However, the rigid and siloed structures of traditional IT platforms and processes are slowing them down – resulting in lengthy delivery ...
In their Live Hack” presentation at 17th Cloud Expo, Stephen Coty and Paul Fletcher, Chief Security Evangelists at Alert Logic, will provide the audience with a chance to see a live demonstration of the common tools cyber attackers use to attack cloud and traditional IT systems. This “Live Hack” uses open source attack tools that are free and available for download by anybody. Attendees will learn where to find and how to operate these tools for the purpose of testing their own IT infrastructu...
SYS-CON Events announced today that IceWarp will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. IceWarp, the leader of cloud and on-premise messaging, delivers secured email, chat, documents, conferencing and collaboration to today's mobile workforce, all in one unified interface
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome,” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Whether you like it or not, DevOps is on track for a remarkable alliance with security. The SEC didn’t approve the merger. And your boss hasn’t heard anything about it. Yet, this unruly triumvirate will soon dominate and deliver DevSecOps faster, cheaper, better, and on an unprecedented scale. In his session at DevOps Summit, Frank Bunger, VP of Customer Success at ScriptRock, will discuss how this cathartic moment will propel the DevOps movement from such stuff as dreams are made on to a prac...
SYS-CON Events announced today that G2G3 will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Based on a collective appreciation for user experience, design, and technology, G2G3 is uniquely qualified and motivated to redefine how organizations and people engage in an increasingly digital world.
Consumer IoT applications provide data about the user that just doesn’t exist in traditional PC or mobile web applications. This rich data, or “context,” enables the highly personalized consumer experiences that characterize many consumer IoT apps. This same data is also providing brands with unprecedented insight into how their connected products are being used, while, at the same time, powering highly targeted engagement and marketing opportunities. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Nathan Trel...