Corporate Finance Outlook: Reflections on 2015 and outlook for 2016

CFO: Reflections on 2015 and outlook for 2016

Mega deals, dipping share value from big IPOs and sector challenges shaped 2015, but what lies ahead? David Heathcote, KPMG National Head of Deal Advisory, reflects on the year that was and discusses 2016’s potential.

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Corporate Finance Outlook: Reflections on 2015 and outlook for 2016

In a climate of innovation, disruption and ongoing economic turbulence, the appetite for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and initial public offerings (IPOs) can rise and fall rapidly. This was evidenced in 2015, but some key themes emerged that serve as a platform from which to predict the year ahead.

Key insights

  • 2015 presented a relatively strong year for corporate M&A in the Australian market, with 1092 deals announced. 
  • 2015 was the year of the 'mega deal' in M&A, with a significant increase in deals over US$1 billion. 
  • Demand from offshore investors looking to the Australian market was buoyant, largely driven by the softening dollar. 
  • Ongoing strong activity is expected in Australian M&A for 2016, driven by low interest rate environment and strong liquidity provided by the banks. 
  • Some volatility in global markets and concerns regarding domestic economic growth made conditions more challenging for IPOs in 2015 with investors cautiously optimistic for 2016. 

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