The year 2022 demonstrated volatility for the global water market, with significant variance in M&A by sector. As digital water activity slowed, private water investment, particularly in the U.S., has remained robust and continues to exceed the five-year average.
Overall, the financial uncertainty surrounding the Russia-Ukraine war, persistent inflationary pressures, and lingering supply chain challenges have bolstered headwinds for financial investment, globally. Investment in the water sector, while down from 2021 highs, remains favorable given its direct link to climate change.
In this Quarterly Review:
- Annual M&A deal flow returns to pre-pandemic levels, surpassing six-year average
- Investor-owned utility deal flow stabilizes
- Sluggish quarter for digital water M&A
- Financial investment in water M&A sluggish