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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Romania - statistics & facts

The number of merger and acquisition deals in Central and Eastern Europe decreased in recent years. In 2020, only 1,705 M&A deals have been closed in the CEE region, compared to 4,175 in 2011. At the same time, the total value of M&A deals in the CEE region was the second lowest recorded in the last ten years. The most important M&A deal in Central and Eastern Europe in 2020 was the acquisition of a ten percent stake of the Vostok Oil company in Russia by the Dutch company Tranfigua. Despite the low numbers registered in 2020, dealmakers and investors are still cautiously optimistic concerning the M&A market in the CEE region since many deals have been postponed, and not canceled, and since private equity transactions in the CEE countries peaked in 2020 at 319 deals.

M&A market in Romania

The total value of merger and acquisition deals in Romania peaked in 2018 at 5.65 billion euros and dropped to 2.62 billion euros by 2020. The most valuable M&A deal closed in 2020 amounted to 1.2 billion euros, and represented the full acquisition of CEZ Romania, a company which has its core business in the generation, distribution, trade in and sales of electricity and heat, natural gas and coal extraction, by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets in Australia. Other valuable transactions in the energy sector were the acquisition of three percent of OMV Petrom, and of 25 percent of Vestmoldtransgaz. At the same time, the coronavirus pandemic put pressure on and increased the performance of the IT&C industry. It comes as no surprise that the majority of M&A deals in 2020 were completed in the that sector .

Objectives and challenges

Despite the low figures recorded in Romania, as well as in the CEE region, investors expect an increase in the M&A market in 2021. When it comes to closing successful deals, not only investors, but also financial and legal advisors have stressed the importance of having a consolidated aim, acquiring market share and most importantly, building trust between parties. Due diligence is also an essential activity in the M&A market, providing the buyer with relevant information about the seller and the selling target, such as contracts, finances and customers. The assessment of assumptions behind the target’s predictions or the business plan was considered to be the most important due diligence area in order to complete a successful transaction. For all these reasons, in 2021 investors will be better prepared for the consequences of the pandemic and other potential economic impacts. However, not every challenge in the M&A market can be foreseen, which is why substantial differences in price expectations remains the most dangerous factor that could inhibit deal activity in the next months.


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