Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2021

08 February 2021

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Mergermarket is pleased to present Dealmakers: Mid-market M&A in Australia 2021, published in association with Pitcher Partners.

As appetite for dealmaking returns, following a year of sharp declines as Covid-19 took its toll on markets, investors in Australia anticipate a promising year ahead. Most say Australia’s economic recovery will be faster and stronger than competitor markets in Asia Pacific and some even think M&A volumes will return to pre-pandemic levels by year’s end.

This report explores the current trends shaping Australian mid-market M&A in addition to the main drivers behind deals, opportunity sectors and challenges facing investors.

Key findings include:

  • Economic recovery: 75% of dealmakers say Australia’s economic recovery will be quicker and stronger than other markets in Asia Pacific.
  • M&A priority: 84% are already planning to do a deal in Australia within the next 12 months.
  • Mid-market gems: 65% say Australia’s mid-market (deals valued between AU$10m and AU$250m) are superior to those in other markets.
  • M&A in 2021: 62% say Australian M&A will bounce back by the end of 2021.