Deal Flow Indicator Shows 5-Year-High for Early-Stage M&A Activity

Recently we announced the results of our Q2 2013 Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) which was presented in association with Remark, the Mergermarket’s Group research and publications division.


23 July 2013

Recently we announced the results of our Q2 2013 Deal Flow Indicator (DFI) which was presented in association with Remark, the Mergermarket’s Group research and publications division.

As we previously reported, this quarter’s DFI showed record growth across all geographies and markets, with a 24% quarter-on-quarter increase in early-stage M&A activity compared to Q1 2013. On the buy-side, we saw buyers looking to enter new markets with long-term growth potential. The sell-side showed businesses disposing of their less important product offerings.



Globally we saw strong performance across all markets in Q2 2013. In EMEA, the DFI reported that there was a 19% increase in quarter-on-quarter early stage M&A activity, likely attributed to a stabilizing Eurozone. North America also saw uplift in quarter-on-quarter M&A activity, a jump of 25% compared to Q1 2013. APAC’s growth is even more impressive, with an increase of 31% quarter-on-quarter and 45% year-over-year; given their fast-growing economies are more susceptible to volatility. Lastly, Latin America too has experienced substantial gains in M&A reaching the due diligence phase, with a 35% quarter-on-quarter increase, attesting to be a region with strong economic growth.

DFI Graphic

It’s important to note that announced deals stay depressed with volume dropping 19% year-over-year, and value declining 15% year-over-year. Yet, transactions continue to be completed as dealmakers use M&A to achieve growth and stability. To stay ahead of the competition, it’ll be imperative for dealmakers to keep a close watch on future activity.

Our DFI statistics, which are based on our perspective of the level of due diligence activity taking place during a given period of time, represent the number of VDRs which are or will soon be opened. For more information on the DFI, please visit http://www.intralinks.com/dfp.



Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish

Meagan Parrish is the Senior Manager of Social Media at Intralinks. She is responsible for social media strategy development and the communications for Intralinks' online communities. Meagan has been creating social media strategies for a variety of companies across verticals for the past several years. She holds Bachelor degrees in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in English Literature.