KPMG's Canadian CEO Outlook explores how to get the best return on your investment in 2019
Canadian CEOs have traditionally viewed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as an ideal route to growth, but as KPMG’s 2019 Canadian CEO Outlook indicates, to get the best return on your investment, you have to be a ’Smart Buyer’. According to this year’s report, only 15 percent of Canadian CEOs recognized M&A as a viable growth strategy, down 11 percent from 2018. This temporary delay in M&A activity could be a symptom of growing uncertainties - Canada’s upcoming federal election, trade tensions between the US and China, Bank of Canada’s benchmark interest rate movements, and delays around Canada’s major oil projects are all making the future business landscape harder to predict. However, of potentially greater importance is the high prices currently demanded by the market for good assets.
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