Friday, 29 June 2012

Global Business Survey: M&A Trends and Key Markets for Growth in 2012–2013

London, June 29th, 2012 – The reasons for increased M&A activity highlighted by respondents from various industries are high operational costs, increasing competition, the need to increase geographical presence in key markets, the need to increase business competence, leverage economies of scale, increase market share, and put pressure on bottom-line performance. Of respondents across various industry verticals, 63% of respondents from global pharmaceutical industries project either a ‘significant increase’ or an ‘increase’ in M&A activities in 2012 (see graph below).Similar trends are observed in mining, oil and gas, and the airports industry.

Across all industries, respondents identify India, China, and Brazil as the most promising emerging markets, followed by the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US and Australia are also seen as the most promising developed regions to offer significant growth opportunities in 2012.

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