European Private Equity Outlook 2014
The outlook for the European private equity market is promising. 82% of the market players expect that the number of acquisitions involving private equity investors will go up in 2014. As anticipated, 2013 was not the best year for PE activities. For instance, PE firms invested approx. EUR 22.5 billion throughout Europe in the first 9 months of 2013. This figure was almost EUR 27 billion during the same period in 2012. "High price expectations among sellers in 2013 led to fewer transactions," explains Gerd Sievers, Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. "This year we expect a considerable convergence in the price expectations of buyers and sellers."
Germany and Great Britain are especially bullish. This is because the availability of attractive acquisition targets and the overall economic situation is fueling the M&A market in these countries. Specifically, industry players expect transactions in Germany to increase by 4.3% and in Great Britain by 3.3%. Even economically weaker markets, such as the European countries along the Mediterranean, will presumably recover from the euro crisis and enjoy a slight rise in PE activities – with the exception of Greece. These are the findings of Roland Berger's new "European Private Equity Outlook 2014".