One hundred and eighty-seven Canadian M&A transactions closed in December. Year to date, M&A closed deal count is 3.4% higher than the comparable period in 2016. The Canadian dollar depreciated relative to the U.S. dollar by 2.21 cents, ending the month at 80 cents. WTI Crude oil rose by 3.5%, ending the month at $60.42 per barrel.
Valitas Insights: Unlocking Real Estate Value
Over at their blog, the Valitas team looks at creative ways businesses can secure financing beyond traditional bank loans and real estate mortgages. In owning real estate, many business owners are sitting on a potentially undervalued asset that could provide much-needed liquidity to their companies. Click here to read a discussion on the advantages and disadvantages, market factors and ideal situations for sale leaseback transactions.