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Chinese companies confident about future growth, interested in M&As

Updated: Dec 1,2016 10:04 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Most Chinese companies are confident about their revenue growth in the next three years, and nearly 70 percent of the interviewed companies are interested in mergers and acquisitions (M&As), according to a study report issued on Nov 28 on China’s capital market.

The study, named China Capital Market Insight Survey 2016 and jointly developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, BNY Mellon, ICR Inc. and Skadden, surveyed Chinese executives between July and September, receiving responses from 108 Chinese companies.

A majority of the executives are confident about their company’s revenue growth in the next three years, the study showed. The executives were asked to rate their confidence in growth with figures from 0 to 10. Almost a quarter rated themselves 10, the highest confidence level, while three quarters were six or above in confidence.

The study also showed that Chinese companies have a strong appetite for M&As over the next 24 months. Among the public companies surveyed, 40.6 percent are interested in domestic M&As, while 28.1 percent are eyeing overseas deals. Meanwhile, private companies are also eager for M&As.

Chinese companies are accelerating raising capital in the global market, according to the study. While 43.8 percent of the public companies surveyed are planning to issue debt in the next 24 months, private companies rely more on equity investment, with 48.7 of them aiming to raise equity in the next 24 months.

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