Global Survey Shows Dealmakers Optimistic about M&A Prospects for 2014

According to this quarter’s sentiment survey of over 1,000 global M&A professionals, 63 percent are optimistic about the current deal environment.

17 April 2014


Each quarter we release the Intralinks Deal Flow IndicatorTM (DFI) Report, an exclusive predictive look at future global mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity. The Intralinks DFI is unique in providing an accurate forecast of future M&A deals that will close and be announced in about six months, or Q3 2014. Our latest data suggests dealmakers are in for a good year: The DFI is up 16 percent year-over-year, with strength in most industries and geographies.

Beginning last quarter, Intralinks also started conducting a separate, but related survey about industry professionals’ sentiment about the future of the M&A market. This quarter’s sentiment survey of over 1,000 global M&A professionals had some interesting results:

  • Overall, 63 percent of M&A professionals are optimistic about the current deal environment, consistent with the last quarter
  • 73 percent predict M&A activity will increase over the next six months, consistent with last quarter
  • North American respondents expressed the most optimism about future deal activity in 2014, with 70 percent expecting an increase. Latin America showed the most pessimism, with only 47% expecting increased deal activity through the remainder of the year.

We’re seeing doubts emerging in deal valuation, which respondents all agreed was the greatest impediment to getting deals done. It’ll be interesting to see how that progresses over the course of the year.