Forty-four percent of the bank executives and directors responding to Bank Director’s 2018 Bank M&A Survey indicate that rising bank valuations made it more difficult to compete for acquisition targets, and higher prices didn’t result in a significant increase in deal activity in 2017. Rick Childs, a partner at survey sponsor Crowe Horwath LLP, explains how today’s environment fuels his expectations for the year, and why he thinks regulatory relief could result in fewer transactions.
Bank deal activity in 2017 is likely to be on par with 2016, as the bank executives and board members responding to Bank Director’s 2017 Bank M&A Survey reflect lower levels of optimism for the bank M&A environment. In this video, Rick Childs, a partner at survey sponsor Crowe Horwath LLP, provides his perspective on the survey results and explains why, despite a lower number of sellers, it really is a buyer’s market today.
Want to buy another bank? Get in line. The number of potential buyers far exceeds the number of banks willing to sell—but bigger banks are much more likely to focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) than small banks. Bank Director’s 2015 Bank M&A Survey, sponsored by Crowe Horwath LLP, queried more than 200 bank directors and senior executives to uncover the opportunities and challenges in today’s deal environment.