Expansion through corporate activity
Deloitte Belgian CFO Survey Q2-2010
CFOs remain positive on the outlook for corporate activity. Most expect M&A activity to increase over the next year.
80% of the surveyed CFOs are engaged in corporate M&A themselves: one fourth of corporates are at present in the process to make an acquisition, and almost 70% are investigating potential acquisition targets
After the market froze during the credit crunch, takeovers by private-equity firms are starting to return. An increase in secondary buy-outs has taken place where existing stakes in private equity holdings are bought and sold between private equity firms. CFOs expect PE activity to increase.