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Manufacturing and Industrials M&A Predictions Autumn 2013

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Manufacturing and industrials M&A predictions 2013


In this latest edition of our Manufacturing and Industrials M&A Predictions we provide an update on the key emerging and developing themes and concerning M&A in these sectors. Our thinking has been influenced by mapping our latest survey responses against our previous Spring 2013 edition and drawing on our own observations and experiences on factors influencing the industry throughout the year.

Our Autumn 2013 survey takes place against the backdrop of an improving economic picture, which has led to an increase in positive sentiment towards M&A. However, we have not yet seen this improvement directly translate into higher M&A volumes. Key questions addressed in this publication include:

  • "Are Corporates switching from a defensive to expansionary M&A strategy"
  • "Are Corporates looking to put their cash piles to work?"
  • "Tempted by the availability and cheap cost of finance, are Corporates inclined to look to refinance?"

With this last question in mind, we have included in our survey questions on finance and refinancing, with the aim of developing this topic and understanding if further improvements can be expected.

We also have an interview with David Blackwood, Synthomer PLC’s Chief Financial Officer on the debt markets. By drawing upon the combined knowledge of our own M&A specialists and leading professionals from across the industry, we have been able to garner real insight into the key M&A trends likely to impact this sector into 2014.


  Manufacturing and Industrials M&A Predictions Spring 2013 (2.28 MB,PDF)
Manufacturing and Industrials M&A Predictions Autumn 2013 (1.54 MB, PDF)

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