4th Quarter of 2016 Predicted To Deliver Strong M&A Action
Mergermarket in association with Merrill Corporation publish their latest report demonstrating far-reaching data on dealmaking in North America and Latin America.
After two blockbuster years for M&A, dealmaking in the first half of 2016 would, they say, appear to have hit the buffers.
There were 2,866 deals in H1 2016 in the Americas, a 10% decline on the same period in 2015. It is a similar story in terms of value. Deal total was US$636bn in the first half of the year—a 30% drop on H1 2015 and a hefty 46% decline on the record-breaking figures from H2 of last year.
However, these figures don’t tell the whole story.
The first half of 2016 compares extremely favorably with every post-crisis year bar for the last two. In reality, it would appear that the M&A market is normalizing rather than plummeting.
One of the main factors that pulled the market to new heights in 2015 was the plethora of megadeals.
As many predicted, there has undoubtedly been a slowdown in the market, when compared to the past two years. However, a closer look at the figures shows a solid market that should be able to withstand the notable headwinds that are coming in the second half of the year.
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