The construction industry is a key sector in Germany. In 2021, the construction industry contributed 5.9% to the overall economic gross value added – companies in the construction industry generated sales of approx. EUR 192 bn. The industry is made up of the main construction trade with approximately 75 k companies and the finishing trade with approx. 250 k companies. With annual growth rates of 4.9% since 2012, the construction industry is a clear growth market.




Executive Summary


Felix Engelhardt, CFA

Current Developments

Clear growth market with scope for digitalisation

The construction sector in Germany is booming. Population growth, demographic change and a favourable economic environment are creating a high demand for residential buildings. In addition, interesting niches such as multi-generation houses, micro-apartments and prefabricated houses are becoming increasingly important.

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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM aims to digitise the collaboration between the different parties in a construction project. Its use increases transparency and plan accuracy of the process.


Our Sector Transactions


Highlight Transaction

GWB Immobilien AG x Privater Investor

Number of M&A transactions - DACH region, 2021 (as of August)


Significant Transactions

Global Infrastructure Management LLC X Suez SA (2021)

Brookfield Business Partners L.P. X Modulaire Group (2021)

Future Trends

Innovative solutions increasingly enable the interactive involvement of customers in planning processes. In addition, the growing environmental awareness within society will be reflected in the sustainable construction industry - e.g., through the reuse of materials within a closed cycle. Along with this, the role of software solutions, for instance in the form of new simulation and calculation methods, is continuously increasing.

People & Voices

Saxenhammer has in-depth professional and industry knowledge and can draw on a broad network of industry experts who have gained many years of transaction experience.

"The construction industry is an exciting and growing market with attractive growth forecasts - demand for investment opportunities in the mid-market environment is high. We are seeing a steady increase in M&A transactions in parallel with the recovery from the pandemic."

Felix Engelhardt, CFA

Managing Director

Our View

Advancing digitalisation is increasingly transforming the construction industry. Greater efficiency and lower construction costs through machine learning, artificial intelligence and 3D printing are on the horizon. At the same time, the shortage of skilled workers will continue to accompany the construction industry. The growth potential of the industry as a whole is heavily dependent on the personnel situation within the companies. As a result, consolidation pressure is increasing, especially for small and medium-sized players.

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