Manufacturing and Industrials M&A Predictions 2013
Signs of life
In this publication we combine the results from our recent survey and interviews of key industry players with our own Deloitte insights to predict the trends and themes for M&A in Manufacturing for 2013.
Our survey - reflected in the views of our own subject matter experts, found that those within the industry maintain a positive outlook and expect M&A activity concerning organisations within this sector to be higher than what was undoubtedly a relatively subdued 2012. While the drivers of this higher level of activity will be numerous and varied we believe the most important include the genuine granular focus by many companies on expanding core growth and profitable areas. This focus will continue to drive programmes of portfolio rationalisation with the divestment of non-core assets and a willingness to bridge the pricing gaps we have frequently seen over the last year. Additionally, we predict the recent increase in interest of Asian corporates in European assets will continue, leading to new opportunities for both in-bound and out-bound M&A in these emerging markets.
We are also delighted to include the personal perspectives of Michael Cramb, Corporate Development Director and Head of M&A at Rexam plc, who shares his views on the organisation’s recent divestments and his experiences of doing deals in these challenging markets.