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Consumer products M&A survey 2010

Caution, mind the valuation gap

Consumer Products M&A survey

Background

This is the first biannual survey of CEOs, CFOs and M&A directors of leading Consumer Products companies (publicly listed or private UK).

Key findings

  • Despite considerable economic uncertainty and fragile consumer confidence, respondents are optimistic about the M&A outlook for the CPG sector
  • Delivering top line growth and realising economies of scale in challenging market conditions are cited as two key drivers of CPG M&A activity
  • Continuing economic uncertainty and price expectation gaps between buyers and sellers are predicted to be the key factors that are likely to constrain deal activity in the CPG sector
  • CPG leaders are also broadly optimistic on the outlook for business profitability with only a quarter of respondents anticipating falling profits in the next twelve months
  • Companies are working hard to respond to current changes in changing consumer behaviour, however, in the longer term, respondents were more divided on whether the recent challenging economic conditions represent a watershed in consumer behaviour

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