Romania remains on investors’ radars despite the rising cost of money and inflation. In value, the M&A market exceeded 7 billion dollars in 2023 but was massively supported by two mega transactions. This year is still under the sign of growth, Valahia News reports.
The takeover of Profi by Ahold Delhaize, the owner of Mega Image, for $1.4 billion and the sale of Enel Romania to the Greeks from PPC for $1.3 billion are the essential local transactions and the two mega transactions (worth over 1 billion dollars) from last year. Also, in 2023, there were three other agreements of 200-300 million dollars each, with medium-sized transactions vital for the health of the M&A market.
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In 2023, 241 transactions were initiated in Romania, with a total value estimated at almost 7.1 billion dollars, according to an analysis by the audit and consulting company EY. It is about the total value of the market, i.e. both transactions with communicated and uncommunicated value, but estimated by EY, are taken into account.
In terms of volume, the market decreased slightly compared to the maximum reached in 2022 – when 257 agreements were signed, 16 more than last year – but in terms of value, it is the best year (plus 6%).
The data show that Romania remains on the radar of investors in the M&A market despite the rising cost of money and still high inflation, factors that have led to a cautious approach, especially among buyers. However, in value, the market exceeded 7 billion dollars because two mega transactions supported it.
The takeover of Profi by Ahold Delhaize, the owner of Mega Image, for $1.4 billion and the sale of Enel Romania to the Greeks from PPC for $1.3 billion are the most critical local transactions and the two mega transactions (worth over 1 billion dollars) from last year.
The corporate and M&A market is also expected to grow in Romania this year. The country is attractive to investors, and the economic outlook for 2024 is somewhat optimistic, favouring the decision to invest.