Globalisation of Facilities Management: The FourthWave

Worldwide facilities management (FM) deal volumes for the first half of 2012 are 40% ahead of the same period last year. The Western economies have stalled and Boards are re-directing their strategies towards emerging markets as organic growth becomes harder to achieve and multinational customers seek integrated cross-border FM services. This report highlights what this increased focus on new markets means for M&A in the global facilities management market.

The key observations:

  • Cross-border deals accounted for 20% of FM;
  • Technical services continue to be the most talked about target segment of the FM market;
  • Private equity continues to invest in the sector attracted by the buy and build opportunities;
  • The economic downturn has delayed or thwarted the exit plans of several large private equity-backed FMs;
  • The large listed FMs have performed well compared to global stock, with the exception of those with a high exposure to the construction market.

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