Three quarters of UK publically listed industrial and engineering firms have indicated that they are expecting to see an increase in M&A activity in the next twelve months, according to a Deloitte survey of 20 M&A officers. Over 60% indicated that they were looking at emerging markets for potential acquisitions.
However, several analysts believe that there is also more pressure to do deals as many corporates are sitting on stock piles of underperforming cash. JP Morgan also indicated that they feel many chief executives are more disciplined and only seeking deals where there are true synergies and sensible valuations.
At the same time several chief executives of UK based industrial and engineering firms have voiced their concerns that the market is extremely competitive making it difficult to find assets to acquire.
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