Health care is among just a handful of sectors with an anticipated uptick in mergers and acquisitions globally, according to a quarterly report KPMG. Health care, consumer discretionary and industrials are the strongest sectors, the report finds, even where confidence has been shaky over the past six months.
Healthcare acquisitions are up 9% over that time period to June 2013.
Overall, appetite for deals will be lower across the majority of sectors on a global basis, according to KPMG’s M&A Predictor, with healthcare being among the sectors to buck that trend.
The U.S. shows a relative “bright spot” for deal flow, however, with the economy driving stability.
“Despite uncertainty in the global economy the US M&A market has held fairly constant,” said Phil Isom, Head of Corporate Finance, KPMG in the US. “Relatively easy access to capital has been a strong driver for deal flow.”
Written by Elizabeth Ecker