ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Singapore's M&A appetite waned 5% over the last 6 months

Hopes escalate for its inbound M&A activity.

According to a release, KPMG’s latest M&A Predictor shows that deal appetite among the world’s largest companies is higher than it was a year ago, with forward P/E ratios – a measure of confidence, or appetite – up 14 percent from June 2012.

However, forward P/E ratios over the past six months have remained rather stagnant since the start of the calendar year.

Singapore’s year-on-year forward P/E ratios have gone up 13 percent. However, appetite in the past six months has grown at a slower pace, with a decrease in forward P/E ratio of five percent. The country’s capacity to transact is expected to increase five percent over the next year.

Mr Sharma said: “Inbound M&A activity is likely to hold up in the consumer sector as the landmark F&N transaction has helped to raise publicity for the Singapore brand. Singapore companies are also looking at Indonesia and Myanmar to expand their presence in Southeast Asia.”  

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