KPMG released its latest analysis on the prospects of Hungarian M&A market in 2018. Based on data from Mergermarket, 32 deals were successfully closed last year with a transaction value exceeding 5 million USD. The global advisor company forecasts that assuming Telenor’s sale of its Hungarian business would be closed this year, the volume of transactions would break an all-time record.
The analysis points out that clearly those acquisitions have dominated the market in the past years where both parties were Hungarian. It shows that local investors are now in the position to transfer 1-3 billion HUF, eventually without taking loans, to invest in targets that fit to their portfolio. Moreover, banks have returned to the market and tend to finance more and more M&A and real estate transactions.
On the other hand, foreign investors are less interested in taking over operating companies: their preferences have shifted to greenfield investments and commercial properties. This manifested in plant constructions and investments in logistics and office buildings.
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