Survey: lots of M&A talk, but few prints

Contact: Brenon Daly

Although key members of the broad dealmaking community indicate they have stepped up their activity in the M&A market recently, actually closing deals has proven challenging so far this year because of pricing and renewed concerns about the stability and growth outlook across the globe. That’s one of the main findings from the inaugural survey by 451 Research and Morrison & Foerster of more than 300 executives, corporate development officials, lawyers/bankers and other dealmakers.

In the survey, slightly more than half of the respondents (52%) said they are seeing more activity over the past half-year than they have during the same period in either of the two previous years. That’s more than twice the number who said activity has tailed off recently. Further, respondents projected that the heightened activity will translate into actual prints at some point this year: Nearly six out of 10 (59%) respondents said they expected to be busier in 2012 than they were last year, compared to just one out of 10 (8%) who said the opposite. We’ll have a full report on the survey in tonight’s Daily 451, including what’s driving current dealmaking and what’s keeping respondents from doing deals.

M&A spending outlook

Period Increase Stay the same Decrease
2012 forecast 59% 33% 8%

Source: M&A Leaders’ Survey from 451 Research / Morrison & Foerster, April 2012

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