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More companies interested in Baltic M&A deals: survey

By Anatol Steven. 29.10.2013

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Motivation has returned for companies to expand their business interests in the Baltics, law firm says

The motivation has returned for companies to expand their business interests in the Baltics, a new survey by the pan-Baltic law firm Sorainen maintains.

More companies are looking for potential targets in the Baltic region, demonstrating positive expectations for development in the region, according to the law firm’s latest Baltic M&A survey carried out together with the three countries’ main business dailies Äripäev, Dienas bizness and Verslo žinios.

In contrast to the previous two or three years when the economic recession invoked a pessimistic mood, this year has brought more activity in mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions. 

Specifically, interest in the Baltic region’s closest markets – companies’ own country or another Baltic country – has returned, the report says. The number of companies looking for targets in the CIS region is stable, while the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe have become slightly less popular markets compared with previous results.

The number of businesses open for new opportunities has clearly increased, Sorainen writes. At the same time, the share of potential sellers has grown in comparison with 2012.

However, respondents have become more conservative in aiming for new markets. The opportunity to improve a company’s cash flow as the driving factor behind M&A is now twice as important as a year ago.

The Baltic M&A market survey 2013 was conducted in September-October in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania by polling more than 100 companies operating in various business sectors. Data collected were used for comparative analysis to identify business interests and ambitions in the Baltic M&A market in 2013-2014.

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