A new report by accounting business consulting firm Pitcher Partners and Mergermarket has found that there were 564 deals struck in H1 2018 to the tune of $58 billion.
When compared to the same period last year, where 497 deals were struck that came to $48 billion, this represented a 13 per cent increase in deal volume and a 19 per cent increase in deal value.
In the financial services in particular, the number of deals rose to 13 from 8 in H1 2017.
Source: Pitcher Partners
Looking forward, M&A activity is set to rise even further, the report indicated.
“The remainder of 2018 could hold greater promise given the country’s solid fundamentals – specifically strong economic performance together with political stability.”
Pitcher Partners partner and Baker Tilly International global head of corporate finance Michael Sonego commented: “These factors will continue to play to Australia’s advantage as a choice investment destination for foreign buyers, an investor group that has contributed significantly to mid-market M&A.
“Likewise, emerging industry trends, such as convergence and industry consolidations, could bolster buys into hot sectors – specifically, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), consumer and financial services.”