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Nigeria to Expect $340.8m IPOs, $2.9b M&A in 2019—Report Nigeria to Expect $340.8m IPOs, $2.9b M&A in 2019—Report

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Nigeria to Expect $340.8m IPOs, $2.9b M&A in 2019—Report

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The Global Transactions Forecast (Forecast) issued by global law firm Baker McKenzie and Oxford Economics (OE) has showed that the value of domestic Initial Public Offering (IPO) in Nigeria this year should reach $340.8 million, $139.7 million in 2020 and $216.3 million in 2021.

According to the Head of Capital Markets at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg, Wildu Du Plessis, “Political instability caused a big collapse in capital raising in Nigeria in recent years, but it’s good to see that Nigeria is recovering and that there is a return of predicted IPOs for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Hopefully this is the start of a long upswing in capital raising activity in the country.”

Also in the report, it was predicted that Nigeria should see a rise in the value of mergers and acquisitions in 2019.

It was disclosed that last year, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity grew in 2018.

“Economic growth in Nigeria has recovered slowly in the last two years as a gradual increase in both oil prices and oil output have supported expansion, and dealmaking has followed suit. M&A activity showed an improvement in 2018 from 2017, led by two major inbound acquisitions from the United States.

“And with better macroeconomic fundamentals for 2019, total M&A value it set to reach a cyclical peak at just below $3bn in total M&A,” says Morne van der Merwe, Head of Corporate/M&A at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg.

According to the Global Transactions Forecast, M&A deals in Nigeria in 2017 amounted to $469.8 million, rising to $2.7 billion in 2018.

In 2019, it is expected that deals worth around $2.9 billion will be concluded, dropping slightly to $2.5 billion in 2020.

In 2021, M&A deal value in Nigeria is forecast to rise to around $3 bn. In terms of deal volume, there were 26 M&A deals in Nigeria in 2017, dropping to 23 in 2018. In 2019, 24 M&A deals are expected to be concluded in Nigeria, rising to 27 in 2020 and increasing again to 38 in 2021.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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