2016 Swiss M&A Award presented to Dorma-Kaba, Tamedia and SGS

Swiss M&A Award

This year’s Swiss M&A Awards go to Tamedia, Dorma-Kaba and SGS. The merger and acquisition activities of these three companies were impressive in Switzerland’s turbulent M&A environment.

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2015 was a turbulent yet, based on the number of transactions concluded, modest year for M&A in Switzerland. The Swiss M&A Awards’ jury of professionals – made up of Monika Ribar, Hubert Achermann, Thomas Held, Dirk Schütz and Patrik Kerler – has now distinguished those companies that implemented M&A in a targeted, efficient manner in this fickle environment:

Dorma-Kaba: most impressive international transaction with Swiss involvement

Two security technology companies, Dorma of Germany and Kaba of Switzerland, have merged to form the dorma+kaba Group and are now the world’s third-largest company in this industry. The jury felt that this was the most impressive international deal with Swiss involvement of the past year: The newly created company holds significant synergy potential and boasts impressive long-term and global opportunities for growth.

Tamedia: most impressive national transaction

As Switzerland’s leading media enterprise, Tamedia has taken over a substantial Swiss brand in the online market with its acquisition of Ricardo.ch. This strategic takeover strengthens Tamedia’s position as leader in the online segment and expands its digital portfolio to 13 companies. In recognition of this M&A deal, Tamedia has been presented with an award for the year’s most impressive national transaction.

SGS: most active Swiss company on the M&A market

SGS has conducted 14 deals over the past year, although in most cases a confidentiality agreement was reached regarding the purchase price. SGS had already made more than 10 international deals back in 2014. The jury has decided to present the award for the most active Swiss company to SGS for its energetic M&A activities. The strategic objectives of SGS will continue to facilitate further investments in the next few years, as well, the primary aim of which will be to enter new markets and develop an even more differentiated range of services.

Swiss M&A market volatile in 2016

“The year to date has been characterized by scattered large-scale deals as well as various M&A activities in the small- and mid-cap segment. Despite the existence of macroeconomic uncertainties, it can be assumed that the Swiss M&A market will be volatile yet active over the course of 2016,” says Patrik Kerler, Head of M&A at KPMG Switzerland, in his assessment of the current situation.

Swiss M&A Award

The jury:

  • Monika Ribar: member of the boards of directors of Swiss International Air Lines AG, SBB, Logitech and Sika, member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa AG
  • Dr. Hubert Achermann: founder and owner of Lunag AG, member of the boards of directors of UBS and Georg Fischer
  • Dr. Thomas Held: sociologist, independent business consultant and former
    director of Avenir Suisse
  • Dirk Schütz: Editor-in-Chief of Bilanz and member of the extended management team of Axel Springer Switzerland
  • Dr. Patrik Kerler: Head of M&A at KPMG Switzerland (Chairman)
Past winners Most impressive M&A transaction Most active deal maker Best national M&A transaction
2015 Geberit Novartis Helvetia
2014 Swatch ABB Capvis/Partners Group
2013 Glencore Barry Callebaut Bossard
2012 Zurich Insurance Group ABB/Nestlé Bell
2011 ABB Nestlé Gaydoul Group

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