Powered by momentummedia
nestegg logo
Powered by momentummedia
nestegg logo
nestegg logo

Invest

Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021

  • February 09 2021
  • Share

Invest

Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021

By Cameron Micallef
February 09 2021

The Australian economy is continuing to show signs of recovery, with merger and acquisitions tipped to surpass pre-COVID levels within 12 months, new research has revealed.

Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021

Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021

author image
  • February 09 2021
  • Share

The Australian economy is continuing to show signs of recovery, with merger and acquisitions tipped to surpass pre-COVID levels within 12 months, new research has revealed.

Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021

Following a tough year for Australian businesses, Pitcher Partners, in collaboration with Mergermarket, found that business activity has been quick to recover, leading to predictions that Australia could outperform its Asian counterparts. 

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pitcher Partners’ survey respondents give Australia an 81 per cent confidence score when asked to evaluate the current environment for merger and acquisitions (M&A’s) in the country.

However, a renewed confidence in the Australian market is unlikely to drive up prices, with businesses indicating they are likely to pay less, with nine in 10 respondents warning they will apply an additional risk premium to deals under consideration.  

Commenting on the findings, James Beaumont, corporate finance partner at Pitcher Partners Melbourne, said that this year’s deal data underlines the scale of the recovery needed to propel Australia to where it was prior to the pandemic.

Advertisement
Advertisement

“Many respondents (62 per cent) expect Australian M&A to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2021 – and 38 per cent think this recovery could occur by the end of the first half of the year,” Mr Beaumont said.

“We found that most dealmakers unanimously agree that Australia’s tech opportunity is one that cannot be overlooked. 98 per cent say TMT deals in the mid-market will increase in the year ahead, an increase from 85 per cent who said the same in 2020.”

But signs of recovery are already being witnessed, with the second half of the year demonstrating a sharp increase in deal volumes, with deal values bouncing back especially strongly during the final three months of the year.

“Q4 saw $55.7 billion in deals, comparatively better in value terms than Q4 in 2019 ($25.7 billion). For the half-year ended 31 December, deal values increased 170 per cent in value ($68.8 billion) and 23 per cent (531 deals) in volume compared to six months in June ($25.4 billion, 432 deals),” said Warwick Face, corporate finance partner at Pitcher Partners Brisbane.

“Sentiment is particularly strong towards Australia’s mid-market (deals valued between $10 million and $250 million), with 65 per cent saying Australian mid-market opportunities are better than other markets. More than half (58 per cent) say they are actively searching out such deals.”

Mr Face noted that private equity could play a major role in driving deals in 2021, with 78 per cent of the surveyed dealmakers expecting funds to be more active in the year ahead.

“Many point to the record amounts of dry powder funds sitting on as motivation to enter the market,” he said. 

“The Dealmakers report showed valuations may pose the greatest challenge to dealmakers in the year ahead, with half of respondents (50 per cent) saying the gap between buyers and sellers could prevent deals from moving forward,” Mr Face concluded.

Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021
Australian economy shows signs of outperforming in 2021
nestegg logo

Forward this article to a friend. Follow us on Linkedin. Join us on Facebook. Find us on Twitter for the latest updates
Rate the article

About the author

author image

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

About the author

Cameron is a journalist for Momentum Media's nestegg and Smart Property Investment. He enjoys giving Aussies practical financial tips and tricks to help grow their wealth and achieve financial independence. As a self-confessed finance nerd, Cameron enjoys chatting with industry experts and commentators to leverage their insights to grow your portfolio.

more on this topic

more on this topic

From the web

Recommended by Spike Native Network

More articles

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.