M&A activity has started strong in 2014. Supported by favorable credit markets, low interest rates, and increasing macroeconomic stability, investors have avoided once-systemic uncertainty. However, similar optimism was felt at the beginning of 2013 — but activity diminished as the year progressed.
To better understand the areas of deal flow and investor interest in Q1’14, we analyzed seven of the primary industries on the Axial network, including: Industrials, Energy, Consumer, Health Care & Life Sciences, Manufacturing, TMT, and Business Services.
While dealflow rose in all major industries, investor interest (measured by pursuit rate) rose most notably in Business Services and Manufacturing. The Consumer sector had the highest dealflow in Q1’14 with 757 new Opportunities.