M&A activity in H1 2017
We are pleased to present the 8th edition of our Deloitte study covering the M&A activity of SMEs in Switzerland. For the first time, this study will be presented in a video format.
The first half of 2017 was marked by relatively stable M&A activity among Swiss SMEs. While the trend in recent years seemed to show a tendency for Swiss SMEs to prefer acquisitions abroad, we have seen a significant increase in the number of domestic transactions during the first half of 2017.
Swiss SMEs - M&A Activity in H1 2017
CFOs remain optimistic for the Swiss economy and Swiss business’ outlook. However, this trend is a deal of uncertainty, notably due to political insecurity created by the assumption of office of the new American president and the French presidential election.
In this context, the second half of 2017 should therefore follow the same trend as the first half and confirm a dynamic but volatile M&A activity.
About the Deloitte Swiss SMEs Report
The Deloitte report "Swiss SMEs - M&A activity in H1 2017" investigates the M&A transactions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). According to Deloitte, in order to belong to the SME segment, a company must satisfy 3 criteria: revenue exceeding CHF 10 million, less than 250 employees and a market capitalisation (transaction value) of between CHF 5 million and CHF 500 million. The transactions were analysed over the period from 01.01.2017 to 30.06.2017.