Foreign investors are committed to mergers and acquisitions in Spain

Foreign investors have recovered their interest in Spain, proven by their active participation in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) over the last semester. The international company Livingstone Partners affirms this in its Global Acquirer Trends six-month report, focused on M&A activity in leading international markets.

During the first half of this year, international buyers represented approximately half of the activity, and European buyers were especially active. This is what is explained in the report's section on Spain, drafted by Neil Collen, manager of business services teams and the consumer sector in our country.

The analysis presents Spain on the way to recovery, after strong growth in 2016 and forecasts that mention a recovery to pre-crisis levels. Not in vain, he explains, this year the Spanish economy has experimented the greatest growth of the Eurozone. Despite the fact that figures on mergers and acquisitions have dropped, the decrease has not been as great as in the remaining European countries included in the report.

For the whole of the six-month period, international investors represent 52% of buyers. Among these, Europeans are the majority with 61%, while 26% are from America. In this section of the report, the author highlights that Spain is an important entry door to Europe for many companies from Latin America and, in particular in the last semester, for those from Colombia and Brazil. Nevertheless, the United States continues to be the largest American provider of investors in M&A in our country.

By sectors, business services represented in the first half of the year a total of 96 offers, way ahead of other sectors. Consumption with 28 operations, energy with 22, leisure also with 22 and financial services with 18, head the ranking.

Interest in the real estate market is also experiencing recovery, thanks to the reactivation of private construction and the awakening of public initiative. Eight construction companies have sparked investors' interest, and even supplier companies of construction materials are resulting attractive. This progress, from the opportunity-seeker to the buyer looking for high-quality assets is, precisely, a sign of recovery of Spain's economy, reflects the report.

Last updated: 10|11|2017

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