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One in six European businesses 'to make a large-scale acquisition next year'

The appetite for merger and acquisition activity has not increased, but a solid core of interested parties remains, it has been claimed.

09 December 2011

Merger and acquisition (M&A) advisors may be in demand next year, as one in six European businesses intend to make a large-scale purchase of another company in 2012.

This is one of the findings of the latest Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and UBS survey of 148 chief executive officers and other top directors from the area.

As many as 64 per cent of those asked think investing in capital expenditure or M&A activity is the best way they could use their balance sheets and around a quarter predicted a transformational agreement would be made in their sector in 2012.

While obstacles affecting takeovers last year - including poor management capacity and the need to finalise strategy - have eased, a lack of available targets for takeover was highlighted as a barrier.

Alexander Roos, partner at BCG and co-author of the report said: "M&A is increasingly needed if a company is to improve its competitive position fast enough. But good execution is also increasingly vital."

Large companies involved in deals at the moment include Deutsche Boerse, NYSE Euronext and AT&T.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: BCG statement, December 8th

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