Investor Sentiment Study 2023

6 minute read + PDF  21.06.2023 Brendan Clark, Jeremy Blackshaw

In this 3-part analysis, we reveal insights into the investment perceptions and intentions of the Australian market by international decision makers.


Key takeouts


  • This report provides a snapshot of the strong track record of foreign investment activity and sentiment about future opportunities in Australia. It highlights opportunities across a number of important sectors and megatrends, and looks at challenges foreign investors need to consider.
  • In Part 1, we evaluate Australian opportunities and explore the inbound investment trends by region.
  • In Parts 2 and 3 we magnify the investment trend insights by industry and sector, then unveil the pathways to activate opportunities via a future focus spotlight, including ESG, Digital Transformation, methods of valuation and investment assessments.

Investor Sentiment Study 2023

Part 1: Investor Sentiment Study 2023

Australia holds an established position as a key player in global trade and investment, with a strategic location in the Asia-Pacific region, stable political environment and a clear legal framework. With close proximity to major markets such as Japan, South Korea, China and the ASEAN region, Australia is an important hub for trade and investment, particularly in industries such as mining, agriculture, and finance. Additionally, Australia’s cultural and historical ties to Asia, combined with its language skills and understanding of the region, have further enhanced its position as a gateway to Asia.

Economic and geopolitical headwinds are buffeting the global economy, giving investors every reason to proceed with care. But while Australia is not immune to these issues, foreign investors in this research are expecting to make further investments in the market during 2023 and beyond – albeit with a sense of cautious optimism.

 

Dealmaking in Australia has increased because of its favourable policy and taxation regime … The policies play a key role in driving more investor interest to the region”
Chief Financial Officer of a US energy firm

 

Against this backdrop, we commissioned the Investor Sentiment Study 2023, which provides a snapshot of the strong track record of foreign investment activity and sentiment about future opportunities in Australia. Highlighting opportunities across a number of important sectors and megatrends, it examines risks and challenges foreign investors need to consider to guarantee success when entering the Australian market. In partnership with Mergermarket, 192 international decision makers were surveyed to gain insights into their investment intentions and perceptions of the Australian market. Respondents were evenly split across regions and domiciled in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. By organisation type, 85 per cent were corporations/industrial participants and 15 per cent were financial sponsors/funds/private equity. Respondents were represented from the following primary industries: TMT, energy and resources, financial services, financial buyers, real estate and construction, agribusiness, consumer and healthcare.

This report, Part 1 of a 3 part series. provides a snapshot of the strong track record of foreign investment activity and sentiment about future opportunities in Australia. It highlights opportunities across a number of important sectors and megatrends, and looks at challenges foreign investors need to consider

In Part 2 we further explore investment trends by sector, and in Part 3 of our Investor Sentiment Series we further explore investment trends by sector and examine the factors that investors should take into consideration to set themselves up for success.

Investor Sentiment Study 2023

Part 1: Investor Sentiment Study 2023

Investor Sentiment Study 2023

Part 2: Essential sectors that drive Australia's economy

In Part 2, we explore how the Financial Services, Energy and Resources, Health, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Agribusiness sectors play pivotal roles in attracting investment and offering promising incentives to foreign investors.

Investor Sentiment Study 2023

Part 3: Activate successful investments

In Part 3 (and the final chapter) of our study, we examine the key considerations that decision makers should be mindful of when considering investing in the Australian market.

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