O&G specifically is a good one – agree consolidation is needed. This will likely be the NOC’s / drillers and value producers than the major IOC’c as they are even stating how they are winding down production and spending on more greener energy production, opposed to fuel production.
The energy sector as a whole will see another wave soon and specifically Solar and on-shore Wind will have the highest in deals and a knock-on-effect to power infrastructure (Storage, T&D) will follow.
In Singapore, there may be an uptick in outbound M&A due to the introduction of the Variable Capital Companies Act (VCC) in Jan 2020. Fuelled by the MAS grant scheme, which subsidises the costs of establishment or re-domiciliation of funds, fund managers in Singapore are strongly incentivised to co-locate their funds in Singapore. The increase in activity in the funds’ space may well lead to an update in M&A activity in Singapore.
From the trends so far during Covid, Healthcare and Tech seem to be the two industries. Those companies who want to create significant long-term value post-COVID-19 will start looking for acquisition targets to buy. This is the perfect time to buy as the market is volatile because of the uncertainty and the interest rates are at historic lows, which should then make more funds available for acquisition. EV market is another big one and a lot of ancillary industries around it are showing a need to raise capital and a merger through SPAC is becoming a great proposition for them.
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