|By Marketwired .||
|January 28, 2014 12:00 AM EST||
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- The report highlights that M&A activity in Emerging Europe in 2013 essentially remained flat in terms of deal volume and showed a moderate decline in deal value, falling from EUR 138 billion in 2012 to EUR 112 billion in 2013. The year ahead, however, is expected to experience a steady increase in deal flow.
Last year the number of announced deals with a value above EUR 1 million dropped by 2% to a total of 2,555 transactions. The most active sector by deal number in 2013 was services, with 484 deals representing 19% of all transactions.
The largest transaction in the region was announced in the final days of the year -- a 30% stake in Russian construction firm Stroygazconsulting reportedly changed hands for over EUR 3.5 billion.
M&A in Russia accounted for 31% of all deals in Emerging Europe and 62% of the total deal value in 2013. Poland came second with a 14% share in deal number, followed by Turkey with 13%. Financial M&A made up over 10% of all deals in 2013 but the number of bank transactions in the region is likely to grow in the coming years as Western European lenders keep pulling back to boost their capital positions at home, and Greek banks are forced to shed assets.
"We expect 2014 deal-flow in CEE to be driven by increased appetite from foreign acquirers, followed by the availability of under-valued targets and private equity buyouts. On the sell-side, the biggest deal catalysts will be non-core asset sales, distressed M&A and exits by private equity funds reaching the end of their lifecycle," states Helen Rodwell, CEE Corporate Partner.
"CMS remains highly optimistic about deal flow in CEE in 2014. We believe the worst of the crisis is over and confidence is slowly returning to the market," states Radivoje Petrikić, CEE Corporate Partner.
"While deleveraging by Western European banks will continue to be a concern for the stability of Eastern Europe's economies, the entry of private equity giant KKR in the region is an encouraging sign of investor confidence. Barring a new flare-up in the Eurozone debt crisis, we believe that banking sector consolidation and the nascent economic recovery in Emerging Europe will generate more M&A activity in 2014", states Boris Maleshkov, Head of Editorial, EMIS
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