CFOs expect corporate M&A market to soar

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CFOs expect corporate M&A market to soar

M&A Quarterly 2017 Q1

95% of CFOs expect the corporate M&A market to increase over the next 12 months

Optimism about the financial prospects improved from 35 per cent to 52 per cent

Despite the fact that the number of mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2017 declined compared to the previous quarter, CFOs of Dutch corporate are very optimistic about the M&A market in the Netherlands.

Overall the sentiment about the current state of the economy and outlook for financial prospects for CFOs’ companies improved again in the first quarter of 2017. CFOs’ optimism about the financial prospects for their companies improved from 35 per cent to 52 per cent. Uncertainty about the financial and economic context impacting their companies fell further from 55 per cent in 2016 Q4 to 52 per cent now.

In line with this increased sentiment metrics CFOs’ perception of the corporate M&A market has increased from 65 per cent in 2016 Q4 to 95 per cent now. Some 80 per cent expect private equity activity to increase.

MA Quarterly 2017 Q1

About the M&A Quarterly

The M&A Quarterly on corporate financial attitudes in general and mergers and acquisitions in particular is published by Deloitte. The 2017 Q1 survey took place between 7 March and 30 March 2017. A total of 21 corporate CFOs completed our survey, representing a net turnover per company of approximately EUR 4.4 billion. Due to rounding answers may not total 100%.

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