Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Kiwi firms engage in positive Merger & Acquisition deals

13th March 2014

Market confidence on the rise as Kiwi firms engage in positive Merger & Acquisition (M&A) deals

The current merger and acquisitions climate is seeing plenty of ‘positive’ deals to drive company growth and expansion, according to KPMG New Zealand’s latest M&A Predictor.

The good news story for New Zealand continues – with the latest M&A Predictor figures showing both rising capacity and confidence.

Tony McNaught, KPMG NZ’s Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, says the market is active and buoyant.

“The kind of deals we’re now seeing in the marketplace can be characterised as positive deals. Companies are making proactive, growth-based decisions – they’re seeking out opportunities for enhanced earnings and performance.”

This is a very different picture from the M&A climate a few years ago, says McNaught.

“We’re seeing fewer deals being done because the banks have stepped in, or because poor profitability has left firms cash-strapped. It’s certainly a different beat from the more negative drivers for M&A activity we have seen over the last few years.”

The future climate has different implications for business owners, depending whether they are looking to acquire or divest.

“For business owners who are thinking of selling, this latest M&A Predictor indicates there are currently a healthy number of buyers in the market,” explains McNaught.

“On the other side, if you’re looking to grow by acquisition, you’re going to have a decent amount of competition. And based on the latest forward multiples, the price you’re likely to pay is on the rise.”

KPMG New Zealand’s March 2014 M&A Predictor found:

• The outlook for M&A activity in New Zealand remains ‘very positive’ for the next 12 months.
• Market confidence is up 12% since June 2013, with capacity expected to be up 8% by December 2014.
• Confidence levels across the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and China, have increased markedly since mid 2013.
• New Zealand’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) activity during 2013 was at a 10-year high, with 10 new listings. IPO activity during 2014 is also expected to be strong.

About KPMG’s M&A Predictor
The Predictor is a forward-looking tool, published every six months, that helps our clients consider trends and expectations in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. By tracking important analyst indicators up to 12 months forward, it examines the appetite and capacity for M&A deals. The rise or fall of forward price to earnings (P/E) ratios offers a good guide to overall market confidence, while net debt to EBITDA (earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation) ratios help gauge the capacity of NZ firms to fund future acquisitions.

KMPG International also releases a Global M&A Predictor twice a year which provides a similar analysis by sector and country across the globe.

About KPMG New Zealand
KPMG is focused on fuelling New Zealand’s prosperity. We believe by helping New Zealand’s enterprises succeed, the public sector do better and our communities grow, that our country will succeed and prosper.

KPMG is one of New Zealand’s leading professional services firms, specialising in Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We have 825 professionals who work with a wide range of New Zealand enterprises – from privately owned businesses, to publicly listed companies, government organisations, and not-for-profit bodies. We have offices in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Hamilton, Tauranga and Timaru.

Globally, KPMG operates in 155 countries; employing more than 155,000 people in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (”KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: NZ Govt Operating Deficit Smaller Than Expected

The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. More>>

ALSO:

0.8 Percent Annually:
NZ Inflation Falls Below RBNZ's Target

New Zealand's annual pace of inflation slowed to below the Reserve Bank's target band in the final three months of the year, giving governor Graeme Wheeler more room to keep the benchmark interest rate lower for longer.More>>

ALSO:

NASA, NOAA: Find 2014 Warmest Year In Modern Record

Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: New Zealand’s Reserve Bank Named Central Bank Of The Year

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s efforts to stifle house price inflation by using new policy tools has seen the institution named Central Bank of the year by Central Banking Publications, a publisher specialising in global central banking practice. More>>

ALSO:

Science Media Centre: Viral Science And Another 'Big Dry'?

"Potentially, if there is no significant rainfall for the next month or so, we could be heading into one of the worst nation-wide droughts we’ve seen for some time," warns NIWA principal climate scientist Dr Andrew Tait. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news