Stepping to the sidelines

Contact: Brenon Daly

Despite a few high-profile acquisitions recently, companies are tempering their buying plans for the rest of the year. At least that’s what they indicated in our ‘flash’ survey of corporate development executives, which we closed last week after a record turnout. Nearly 100 respondents offered their views on what they expect in both the M&A market as well as for IPOs for the balance of 2011.

In terms of projected activity at their own companies, just one-third of the respondents indicated that they expected their company to pick up the pace of M&A during the rest of the year. That’s down from 50% who said that for full-year 2011 in our main survey back in December. On the other side, the number projecting a slowdown in their own shopping more than doubled from 7% to 18% here in August.

For a full discussion of the survey – along with our own projections for deal flow, valuation and trends for the rest of 2011 – please join us Tuesday at 11:00am PST for a special webinar on tech M&A. Registration for the free one-hour event can be found here.