Companies based in emerging markets will probably drive global mergers and acquisitions, as countries such as Brazil, India and China fuel economic growth, said bankers meeting this week in Davos, Switzerland.
There will be a lot of corporate finance and M&A coming out of emerging markets, said Sadeq Sayeed, Nomura Holdings Inc.s European chief, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Capital and savings ratios in Asia are so great, and to grow there is a need for countries like India to have Western-style governance and accountancy, and that means there will be more acquisitions.
While takeovers in regions including Asia, eastern Europe and South America have declined by 17 percent to $743 billion over the past 12 months, the drop wasnt nearly as steep as in Europe and North America, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Those regions had a combined decline of 34 percent.
Near-term secular growth doesnt exist in the developed economies, so more of the activity, both target and acquirer, will likely occur in Brazil, Russia, India and China, said Peter Weinberg, a founding partner of New York-based investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners LP.
BP Plc, based in London, is interested in acquiring assets in Brazil and is working with China Petrochemical Corp. to expand in Asia, Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward said yesterday in Davos. Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein on Jan. 27 said emerging markets are the best place to invest as their economies grow faster than the developed world.
Emerging markets are the most attractive places to invest and are rebounding more rapidly, Rubenstein said, referring to China, India and Brazil, South Korea and Turkey. Well see lots of capital going into these countries.
The International Monetary Fund this week said the global economy this year will be stronger than it previously forecast, driven by emerging markets. Emerging and developing economies will grow 6 percent this year, almost triple the 2.1 percent pace forecast for advanced economies, the IMF predicted Jan. 26.
Companies have disclosed an increase in transactions of about 22 percent over the past two months as firms revive deals that were shelved or postponed during the credit crunch.
People found in the go-go years they were able to run debt-equity ratios that were higher and those gave rise to the ability to buy things and run conglomerates, said Sayeed. That may not make sense anymore and conglomerates may break down.
Weinberg said a reasonable number of large, conservatively capitalized companies are eyeing both domestic and cross-border opportunities.
To the extent that the confidence in the recovery doesnt decline, I think that we will see these large entities capitalize on their strength to create value in this marketplace, he said.