The start of the year saw a steady flow of M&A activity through Q1 to Q2 of FY2023. However, the last two quarters of FY2023 saw a decline in deal volume, largely due to the high interest rate and inflationary environment, which cooled acquirer and debt financing appetites. This has contributed to a greater bid-ask spread between buyers and sellers, resulting in some transactions being put on hold until markets are deemed to be more favourable.
It is expected that future M&A activity will place a strong focus on sustainability. The acquisition market, in particular, will pay close attention to the environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) protocols of target businesses.
However, the year ahead is somewhat uncertain. Growing concerns over economic uncertainty, high inflation, the cost of debt, and global political tensions may suppress M&A activity in FY2024. Indeed, HLB Mann Judd’s 2023 IPO Watch Mid-Year Report suggested difficult fundraising conditions due to a shift in investor sentiment.
Nevertheless, there remains an abundance of cash held by private investors and others to deploy, indicating that investor appetite may remain strong for strategic acquisitions.
HLB Mann Judd Sydney’s annual M&A Report analyses deal volume, pricing and industry activity for the past financial year. The report particularly focuses on Australian deal activity in the small to medium-sized (SME) space. In addition to the analysis, the annual M&A Report shares insights from recent transactions that the firm has supported.
Data in the report is sourced from S&P Capital IQ and publicly available records.
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