Romanian M&A market at USD 2.5bn in the first quarter of 2023


The Romanian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market recorded 57 transactions in the first three months of 2023, representing a repeat of the deal volume observed during Q1 2022, says EY.

Marking a strong start to 2023, the estimated value of local M&A activity was also higher on a year-on-year basis, at USD 2.5bn vs USD 1.9bn in Q1 2022 due to a 53% increase in the value of disclosed transactions.

The largest deal of the first quarter was the sale of Italy-based Enel Group’s operations in Romania to Public Power Corporation, the main electric power company in Greece, for approximately USD 1.4bn.

Another big transaction during this period was the acquisition of local bakery Vel Pitar by Grupo Bimbo for an estimated USD 210m. Furthermore, there where three transactions over USD 100m announced during Q1 2023.

Domestic transactions registered a 94% advance in Q1 2023 when compared to the same period last year, counting 33 transactions, while foreign players decreased their activity by 42% on the Romanian market (21 transactions) compared to Q1 2022.

In terms of country origin of investment, the most active investors came from Germany (3 deals), followed by the United States, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Israel, each recording 2 transactions.

The top three most active sectors by volume for Q1 2023 were Consumer Products & Retail (13 deals), Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction (11 deals) and Technology (7 deals).


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