Together with Mergermarket, we produced an exclusive report on mid-market M&A predictions and prospects for 2015 entitled “Mid-Market: The Crux of North American M&A.” Our research involved polling dealmaking professionals from across North America to get their opinions on a number of M&A trends and how they’ll play out in the coming year. In the end, we came back with a host of valuable insights to share with our customers and readers.
Here are some of the highlights:
- Eighty-eight percent of respondents expect mid-market M&A to rise in the next 12 months in both the US and Canada. Meanwhile, only 12% of respondents believe the level of activity will remain the same for each country.
- The top drivers of mid-market M&A in the region are companies trying to reach growth targets, according to 38% of respondents, followed by non-core divestitures (32%).
- Volatility in global commodity prices is the greatest challenge to Canadian M&A, 42% of respondents say. It is not surprising then that 60% of respondents believe that the significant drop in oil prices will significantly impact Canadian M&A activity.
- The increased presence of business development companies as well as senior cash flow and mezzanine lenders will also play a big part in fuelling the growth of middle-market activity.
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