Rodrigo Delboni Teixeira, our managing partner, talks to TTR about the results of the M&A market in Brazil in 2017
How would you describe the performance of the Brazilian M&A market in 2017?
Given the political and economic conditions, I understand it was a very positive year for the M&A market. We noticed renewed interest of foreign investors in Brazilian assets and the capital market itself is recovering, with new initial public offerings by Brazilian companies.
You have considerable experience in the industries of Food, Transportation, Aviation, Logistics and Education, which were among the most active industries this year. What are the trends and expectations for such industries in 2018? How much has the Brazilian political instability influenced investments in those industries?
I believe such industries will continue to attract investments next year. There is no denying that political instability causes concerns and holds back investors, but we have witnessed that, even in difficult years, large international groups are still interested in Brazil. Those groups have a long-term investment horizon and they know the potential of a market of more than 200 million inhabitants.
Mergers and acquisitions have been widely used in the Education sector as a growth and expansion strategy in the domestic scenario, seeing it is a booming market, which follows a consolidation trend in the industry. Is it possible to recognize changes or innovations in the past years regarding transactions in the industry?
There has been a strong acquisition trend in the last decade in the higher education sector, with the creation of large Brazilian groups. The language teaching sector and teaching systems for schools have also shown an increasing transaction trend. I believe that, in more consolidated industries, the focus of acquisitions will be increasingly aimed at quality instead of at growth itself. Nevertheless, the Education area is extremely wide and we should see transactions in other sectors. The primary and secondary school (high school) sectors, for example, should attract considerable attention in coming years.
Which transactions would you highlight in terms of importance and complexity this year, whether by having a direct role or by having the participation of Lobo de Rizzo?
I would highlight the main transactions we disclosed in the TTR, such as Odebrecht Transport, Cargill, Burger King, Döhler, State Power Investment (SPIC), Centroflora, Thyssenkrupp, DHL, Porta dos Fundos, Itaúsa, Pearson and Coca-Cola.
What are your expectations for the Brazilian M&A market in 2018? What scenarios or trends can already be identified, and which sectors have, in your opinion, the greatest potential for growth?
Although this is an election year, which brings more uncertainties to investors, I hope it will be a positive year for the Brazilian M&A market. Recent economic news stories are encouraging, such as the drop in inflation and promising outlook for GDP growth. If we are able to make progress with the pension reform, the investment outlook will be even more positive. Furthermore, as I have mentioned, there are large groups looking at Brazil in the medium and long term and they do not fail to seize investment opportunities. In addition to the industries already mentioned, I believe the health industry (not only health care facilities and hospitals, but also related activities such as distribution of medical products and equipment) may surprise us positively. This industry has become more open to foreign investors recently and has a large growth and consolidation potential that, in my opinion, has not been explored yet due to the recent years of economic crisis.
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