2020 Year in Review – a Pandemic, a Trade-War, and All-Time Highs

28.1.2021

Financial Markets Overview

2020 proved to be a year of challenges (to say the least!!!). COVID, drought & bushfires, trade wars and Australia’s first economic recession in 29 years – 2020 had it all.

The March Quarter was the most volatile trading period in history, with financial markets reaching all-time highs in February 2020 before falling by over 40% with some of the biggest daily losses in history. The market rallied in the following Quarters as market sentiment strengthened, lifted by historically low interest rates and trillions of dollars in global government stimulus. At the close of the calendar year the All-Country World Index had risen 14.3%, although the ASX200 closed down 1.5%.

M&A Environment

As businesses looked to consolidate and strengthen balance sheets in March, M&A markets came to a grinding halt. However, investor sentiment quickly rebounded as the RBA slashed the cash rate to 0.1% and the Federal Government delivered $213 billion in stimulus packages.

Global M&A activity for the year fell to US$377 billion in the March quarter from US$800 billion in the previous quarter. This rebounded to over US$1,200 billion in the December Quarter, the highest transaction value Quarter since the Global Financial Crisis.

Against this backdrop of volatility, InterFinancial acted as lead advisor on eight transactions across 2020. All but one of these closed during COVID, and six closed in the second half of the year.

Outlook for 2021

2021 has started with a bang, with no signs of M&A activity slowing down. Low interest rates, a new boss in the White House, and the hope of COVID vaccinations easing travel restrictions are all fuelling investor confidence.

We wish all of our clients and colleagues a prosperous year, and look forward to announcing more successful transactions in the coming months.

InterFinancial’s Transactions – 2020 in Review

16.9.2021

Brisbane Marine Pilots charts-a-course with Auriga

Brisbane Marine Pilots Pty Ltd (BMP), a provider of maritime piloting services, has entered a partnership with Auriga Group, another Australian maritime pilotage service provider. BMP train and supply marine pilots to assist ships visiting the Port of Brisbane. They also provide a common safety system that all pilots working within the Port must adhere […]

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16.9.2021

Sector Dashboards September 2021

Our monthly dashboards cover seven key sectors of focus, with each sector built up by several subsectors that cover similar companies based on; products, end markets, services, assets classes or other characteristics. The publications include all companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange that are actively traded and covered by research analysts, and hence have […]

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20.8.2021

InterFinancial Appoints New CEO

InterFinancial is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Shaw to the role of Chief Executive Officer. Brad originally joined the team in 2018 as a Director and has over 25 years’ experience in Engineering and Professional Services industries.  Brad has led our Advisory practice for the last two years and has completed several interim […]

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19.8.2021

InterFinancial advises Coxons Group on its acquisition of MRC Australia

InterFinancial Corporate Finance would like to congratulate for Coxons Group Australia on its successful acquisition of MRC Australia. Coxons Group Australia is a privately owned company specialising in the service and maintenance of all cooling system components, specifically radiators and coolers for mining and industrial applications. Coxons Group has been the industry leading service provider […]

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19.8.2021

Sector Dashboards August 2021

Our monthly dashboards cover seven key sectors of focus, with each sector built up by several subsectors that cover similar companies based on; products, end markets, services, assets classes or other characteristics. The publications include all companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange that are actively traded and covered by research analysts, and hence have […]

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06.8.2021

InterFinancial Expands our Financial Services team

As of July, InterFinancial welcomes Les Jones to the team. Les brings his many years of entrepreneurial experience in life insurance, general insurance and Lloyd’s underwriting. Les has held senior management positions in several major insurers including Suncorp, PrefSure Life, and Beazley Plc. Les is also one of the founders of Australia’s newest life insurance […]

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23.7.2021

Sector Dashboards July 2021

Our monthly dashboards cover seven key sectors of focus, with each sector built up by several subsectors that cover similar companies based on; products, end markets, services, assets classes or other characteristics. The publications include all companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange that are actively traded and covered by research analysts, and hence have […]

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19.7.2021

InterFinancial’s EOFY in Review

13 Transactions 9 Strategic Transactions 4 PE Investments Looking back on FY21, InterFinancial and IFL Ventures would like to congratulate each of our valued clients on the successful completion of their transactions. The period was a record for InterFinancial where we successfully completed 13 transactions involving both strategic investors and private equity investors. Our team welcomes […]

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Alliance looks to integrate APCI

Alliance Automation, the industrial automation and electrical engineering company has acquired 100% of APC Integration, the Adelaide-based firm which has been delivering electrical and automation solutions across Australian and International markets for 37 years. InterFinancial previously advised ERM Power in their 50% acquisition of Alliance Automation and has now advised Alliance on the acquisition of […]

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