BDO's global view of mid-market deal activity
29 November 2017
M&A activity in the CEE & CIS region is heating up with 67 midmarket deals completed in Q3 2017.
The largest ten transactions were dominated by domestic deals in Q3 2016 in the CEE & CIS region, with seven of the top ten being domestic transactions in terms of the target and bidder countries. The most active country was Russia with three domestic deals in the top ten deals.
Sector activity mainly followed familiar patterns. As has been the case in the last quarters, Industrials & Chemicals was the single most active sector with 23.9% of total M&A activity, followed by Energy, Mining & Utilities (17.9%), Consumer (16.4%) and Technology & Media & Telecom (13.4%). The sectors with the lowest levels of activity were Real Estate, with no deals in the Q3 2017 and Pharma, Medical & Biotech (1.5%).
Rising business optimism in the CEE & CIS means we can expect greater M&A activity for the remainder of 2017. The increasing availability of equity and debt financing, should continue to drive up both the volume and value of M&A activity over the remainder of the year.