2017, a very dynamic year for Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Finance

With the third quarter now closed, financial year 2017 has been one of considerable dynamism and high volumes in the mergers and acquisitions market.

In addition to the well-known excess of funds in the portfolios of financial investors, there is also an unusual appetite for growth by family SMEs, which are taking decisive steps towards the common, necessary objective of growing by means of the acquisition of other companies.

Specifically in Europe, in the first nine months of the year the volume of M&A operations increased by 20.2% compared to the same period in 2016, as indicated by the Global & Regional M&A report Q3 2017 by Merger Market. According to that report, buyouts in Europe have experienced spectacular growth in added value, with a total of 983 deals and a value of 123 billion US dollars, a 66.1% increase compared to the previous financial year.

In this regard, in IMAP 135 operations were carried out in those 9 months, placing the organisation in 5th position in the Thomson Reuters ranking for operations below 500 million USD.

In IMAP Albia Capital, we carried out 7 operations in that period, 5 of which consisted of consultancy to companies in the acquisition of other companies, while the other two were consultancy in sales operations. Of those purchase operations, we would particularly highlight the purchase of the transformer manufacturing company ALKARGO by private investors, the purchase of SAENZ HORECA by GUZMÁN GASTRONOMÍA and the purchase of the adhesive labels company NOMURA by the DOCUWORLD GROUP.

IMAP Albia Capital continues to develop, with a considerable portfolio of mandates, in which purchase mandates continue to play an important role.  Specifically, it is working on 8 purchase mandates in different phases, in sectors such as software development, automotive components, food, animal feeds and engineering.

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