While 2014 begins on an optimistic note — thanks to increased economic confidence, favorable lending environments, and a rising IPO market — Q4’13 saw some sluggish deal flow and investor interest in many key industries. The slower activity is likely a combination of seasonality and investors focused on closing current opportunities before the new year, rather than sourcing new opportunities.
To better understand the areas of greatest investor interest and deal flow, 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 activity has generally been slower, not all industries have been equally impacted. For example, Energy Equipment & Services and Health Care Equipment continue to draw strong investor interest.