HORIZONS | BDO'S GLOBAL VIEWOF MID-MARKET DEAL ACTIVITY 21
DEAL VOLUME RISESWITH PE ACTIVITY LEADINGTHEWAY
Southern Europe’s mid-market M&A activity in Q1 2022 saw an increase in volume and a decrease in the value of completed transactions. Transactions totaled USD 15.4bn, an increase in deal numbers (14%) and a decrease in associated value (8%) compared to the previous quarter. The first quarter of 2022 also saw an increase in private equity-led transactions, a trend which has been ongoing since the beginning of the pandemic. The strong PE M&A activity was reflected in the fact that PE accounted for a record proportion of overall deal volume at over 40%.
KEY SECTORS Most sectors increased or maintained their turnover in the first quarter of 2022 compared to the previous quarter. The two exceptions were Consumer and Industrials & Chemicals, which suffered falls in deal numbers. The two sectors which had the greatest impact on the region’s increased M&A activity were TMT (up from 38 deals in Q4 2021 to 50 deals inQ1 2022) and Leisure (up from eight deals in Q4 2021 to 15 deals inQ1 2022). Overall, TMT was the best performing sector in mid-market M&A deals, regaining top spot from Industrials &Chemicals. As has been the case in previous quarters, the deals inQ1 2022 were heavily concentrated in Southern Europe’s three most active sectors, with Energy, Mining &Utilities, Industrials &Chemicals andTMT accounting for 62%of all deals closed in the quarter.
• Mid-market M&A volume rose in Q1 2022 compared to the previous quarter, however average transaction value was lower • Q1 2022 saw a surge of private equity‑led M&A compared to Q4 2021 • TMT was by far the most active sector, accounting for a third of all deals closed • The outlook for the next quarter predicts further growth in M&A activity.
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