Mergers and Acquisitions in Poland

1Q 2023

The latest data from the polish M&A market | 1Q 2023
In the first quarter of the year, we observed 95 mergers and acquisitions - 9 more than a year ago and as much as 19 more than in the same period of 2021. This is the first such active Q1 in the history of the ranking. The record volume, however, should not be surprising - the past, also record-breaking, year was rich in transactions despite numerous economic and geopolitical challenges, which resulted in a large number of transactions ending after the new year. On the other hand, the Polish M&A market is on its way to maturity, which will increase the activity of buyers and sellers. What was the structure of the M&A market in the past three months?
Valuations the biggest challenge in 2023?

The Polish market and - more broadly - the CEE markets are struggling with a number of problems, including attempts to adjust prices to the growing costs of maintaining a business and resistance to local (national and regional) political and economic turmoil. The valuations will be influenced by the companies’ range of operations, the length and, at the same time, the resilience of their supply chain, as well as the level of demand fluctuation risk. More affluent and highly scaled companies may in this situation take advantage of the acquisition and consolidation opportunities. While so far we have not observed a flood of distressed assets on the Polish market in relation with the pandemic, the fact that we are at the bottom of the business cycle may contribute to this trend. In a fluid transactional landscape, whose activity is constantly growing, tools for conducting acquisition processes, such as VDR, gained additional importance, becoming a market standard as systems supporting transactions in a continuous mode.

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Marcin Rajewicz, expert from FORDATA

M&A Index Poland Reports

We have been following the M&A market since 2014. Every quarter we describe the most interesting transactions from the Polish M&A market. We also observe the frequency of use of the Virtual Data Room tool in M&A transactions in Poland.
About the Authors

FORDATA is a pioneer on the Polish capital market. Based on Virtual Data Room technology, we support our clients in managing documents and communication during complex transactional processes, ie. M&A, IPO transactions, private equity investments, restructurings, projects associated with obtaining financing and privatizations in Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

FORDATA systems increased safety and efficiency of hundreds of different types of transactions with a total value of over PLN 40 billion.

Navigator Capital along with Dom Maklerski Navigator (Navigator Brokerage House) is the leading independent financial adviser, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and public and private issues of stocks and bonds.

During 12 years of its market presence, Navigator Capital Group conducted over 70 transactions, of over 6 billion PLN total value.

Through cooperation with international network of advisory firms associated in the Pandion Partners, Navigator Capital effectively handles international transactions.

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