M&A Activity Highlighted by Larger Deals, Favorable Market Dynamics
M&A activity remains strong, with 4,929 M&A transactions having been announced year-to-date. While mega deals, including the $121B Raytheon / United Technologies merger tend to capture the majority of the headlines, the median transaction size continues to be sub-$100m and squarely in the middle market category. Technology/Media/Telecom leads the industry verticals, as it has historically, in both number of deals and amount of capital deployed, followed by Industrials, Manufacturing, Life Sciences and Oil and Gas sectors.
While the total number of deals through the period is down from 2018, deal size is up, both on a relative basis as well as in aggregate, thereby indicating that buyers are focusing on larger, more impactful transactions. With deal volume declining slightly, and interest rates at historic lows, buyers are aggressively pursuing opportunities they deem strategic and valuable.
For business owners contemplating a sale, the opportunity to maximize value in 2019 and into 2020 remains extremely strong.
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