M&A activity takes off

Global $10bn+ M&A volume

We have just witnessed one of the strongest starts to the year in M&A in a decade. Financing markets are a key ingredient, as interest rates remain near cycle lows and at absolute low levels for companies to lock in long-term financing. In a slow-growth environment, improving CEO confidence is helping to fuel decisions to buy competitors.  Policy uncertainty has diminished somewhat as the economic cycle has progressed.  Finally, as the share prices of many acquirers have been faring well, peer companies are incentivised to contemplate their long-term competitive positioning.

James M. Boyd, The Boston Company Asset Management

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