Following the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, access to cheap capital, built-up cash reserves and other macroeconomic factors, Australia’s merger and acquisition (M&A) activity had an ‘interesting’ year.
FY2022 M&A Report Summary
The M&A Annual Report highlights key deals that happened in the last 12 months as well as insights as to what the year ahead holds for transactions.
This year's M&A Annual Report analyses deal volume, pricing and industry activity, as well as providing an overview of deal activity in the SME space and highlighting some of the deals the HLB Mann Judd Sydney advisory team assisted with.
Meet Simon James, Sydney Advisory partner and co-author of the report
We offer a comprehensive range of professional services to clients who wish to buy or sell a business. Most recently we have been involved in the successful sale or merger of businesses in the retail, engineering, IT, freight forwarding and industrials sectors. Some of the ways we support our clients include:
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We saw M&A activity decrease slightly. There were 1,297 deals completed in FY2022, down from 1,317 in the previous year. The activity slowed in Q3 and Q4, most likely in response to broader macroeconomic factors.
While we saw the number of deals decrease in FY2022, the average transaction size increased from $80.36 million to $126.30 million. The average deal size was influenced by the increase in deals over $100m.
The number of deals across industries were relatively stable during FY2022, compared to FY2021, the average transaction size was significantly higher in the energy, healthcare and industrials sectors.
The average transaction size was dominated by the energy and financial sectors. Telecommunications services was markedly down compared to last year's performance.