Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator™ Forecasts Continued Strong M&A Activity Through Early 2014

The Intralinks DFI is unique – a predictive indicator of future M&A activity, about six months ahead of deals being announced. There are plenty of companies that track M&A activity retrospectively, but only Intralinks gives dealmakers a data-driven forecast, of how the global M&A market will perform over the next few quarters.


4 November 2013

The Intralinks DFI is unique – a predictive indicator of future M&A activity, about six months ahead of deals being announced. There are plenty of companies that track M&A activity retrospectively, but only Intralinks gives dealmakers a data-driven forecast, validated by external research, of how the global M&A market will perform over the next few quarters.

The Q3 2013 Intralinks Deal Flow Indicator and forecasts an 18% increase in year-over-year global M&A activity through early 2014, with particularly strong performance in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America. With overall deal flow only slightly below the very high levels seen in last quarter’s DFI report, indications are there is a sustained recovery underway in the global M&A market.

In a separate Intralinks survey of 2,400 global M&A professionals conducted in September 2013, 67 percent of buy-side professionals and 75 percent of sell-side professionals reported expecting overall deal volumes to increase over the next 12 months, reinforcing the view that global M&A markets will continue to be very active.

There has now been four consecutive quarters of accelerating year-over-year growth in deal activity. The DFI suggests that we can expect sustained strong global performance through at least the first quarter of 2014. However, continued political and economic uncertainty in the US and Europe could have an adverse effect on deal flow and deal completion. While an ongoing US budget impasse will likely not suppress M&A activity, a failure by the US Congress to approve raising the debt ceiling would likely have profound negative consequences for global deal activity. Despite this uncertainty, the outlook for dealmakers remains very positive.



Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce

Ian Bruce is the VP of Corporate Communications at Intralinks. He has 20 years of international marketing experience across software, hardware, consulting, and financial services at both VC-backed start-ups and large multinationals. Prior to joining Intralinks, Ian held various marketing and communications roles at Avid Technology, HP, Novell, Systinet, and CSC.