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How is the Belgium deal space performing?

Mike Hinchliffe, Head of Sales, Merrill Corporation | July 28, 2017

Get the Merrill perspective on deal activity, volumes and value for the region.

Download my infographic above here. Watch my video on current trends in Belgium M&A here.

In the past few years, deal volume in the Belgium M&A market has remained flat. However, 2017 saw a reasonable start with a moderate increase in volume in Q1 2017 of 6% over the same period in 2017. Factors to drive forward Belgian M&A activity? Improving stability in Europe and general global macroeconomic stability.

Despite significantly lower announced M&A volumes across Europe, according to Merrill’s proprietary data, we’ve seen an increase in projects compared to 2016. What’s more, our pipeline is up over 25 percent year on year. Belgium, in particular, has seen a large increase in projects against the same time last year, indicating a potential strengthening of the M&A market in the region.

Key positive trends for Belgian sectors in H1 2017 versus H1 2016:

• Consumer H1 2016 saw deal volume decreasing in the period, whereas H1 2017 saw an uptick in deal value by the end of the half year

• Technology witnessed a significant increase in H1 2017 deal volume compared with the same time last year

• Financial Services were on the rise again in terms of deal value towards the end of in H1 2017

Download my infographic above here. Watch my video on current trends in Belgium M&A here.

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*Merrill sector breakdown
Energy: Energy, Mining Energy, Utilities (other). Industrials: Chemicals and materials. Industrial products and services, Industrial automation, Industrial: Electronics and Manufacturing (other). Consumer: Consumer: Retail, Consumer: Foods, Consumer: Other. Medical: Medical: Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Medical. Financial Services. Business Services: Services (other). Technology: Computer software, Computer: Semiconductors, Telecommunications: Carriers, Computer services, Computer: Hardware, Telecommunications: Hardware. Other: Real Estate, Leisure, Media, Transportation, Construction, Internet / ecommerce, Automotive, Agriculture, Defence, Other.


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