No sign of a slow-down in the Norwegian M&A market with growing attention from international investors
Proprietary report distributed to M&A Insights subscribers 12 Aug 2019
No sign of a slow-down in the Norwegian M&A market with growing attention from international investors
Copenhagen, 12 August 2019
Executive Summary:
Based on our analysis of Norwegian M&A transactions over the last 12 months and our analysis of Norwegian firms owned by private equity funds, we found the following:

*Driven by record low interest rates, Brexit, and the US/China trade-war, Norwegian assets continue to be a hot topic among investors, and there is no indication of a slow-down in terms of the number of deals in H1-2019 or expected upcoming deal-flow

*94 acquisitions in the first 6 months of 2019 - 3 more than the (record-high) level of H2-2018

*21 larger deals in H1-2019 which was at par with the second half of 2018

*41 acquisitions by foreign investors - a 11% increase from H2-2018

*11 acquisitions by private equity firms, and 10 exits - both the same as in H2-2018

*We have identified 28 private-equity owned firms in Norway which we expect to come to market in the foreseeable future based on current performance and ownership period (the "exit candidates")
About the data:
The M&A data is compiled daily by Nordic Knowledge Partners' dedicated Nordic analyst team (which includes both Norwegians and Danes), who goes through press releases, company filings, and media reports - the team team logs more than 25 data points per M&A event detected, and currently Nordic Knowledge Partners detects 50-75 M&A situations across the Nordics every week.
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