Expanding Horizons 2023: Offshore perspectives on investment into New Zealand

Report 8 September

Expanding Horizons 2023: Offshore perspectives on investment into New Zealand

Survey of global investors shows offshore investor interest still strong despite global uncertainty

Foreign investors are sending strong and clear signals that they will prioritize New Zealand as a key market for their international M&A and investment strategies. Now more than ever, investors place a high value on New Zealand’s strong fundamentals in the context of a challenging global economic outlook, and continue to see funding and investment opportunities.

While uncertainty around the upcoming election has led to a decline in investor perception of New Zealand’s political and regulatory stability, a majority of investors say that a change of government will not impact their intentions to seek deals – New Zealand is still seen as one of the easiest markets in which to invest in Asia Pacific.

This report explores the current landscape for M&A and dealmaking in New Zealand, offering insight into the opportunities and potential challenges investors may face in 2023 and beyond.

Key highlights include:

  • Investor intentions: 86% of investors are planning to invest – and close to half (44%) say they will do so within the next 12 months
  • Top marks. New Zealand ranks as the top market in Asia Pacific in terms of ease of doing business and quality of investment opportunities according to respondents
  • Macro views. 57% say current global economic and political challenges have increased their plans to invest in NZ as a safe haven
  • M&A strategies. 49% say focusing on the solidity of customer demand is their top priority, followed by 36% who say ESG considerations are driving strategy.

The report is also available at www.simpsongrierson.com

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