Q4 2018 Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: U.S. Drives M&A Deal Growth for Year-End, Canada Dips

9 August 2018

North America

For Q4 2018, our predictive model expects the number of announced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) deals for North America (NA) to increase by around 4 percent YOY, within a range of -4 percent to 13 percent. This is just one of the forecasts in the new Q4 2018 edition of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor, just released.

This growth is being driven by the U.S., with Canada expected to see declining levels of M&A announcements in 2H 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Over the next six months, Real Estate, Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT) and Energy & Power are the leading growth sectors in potential M&A deals.

Globally, however, announced M&A deals will be ending the year on a new high from a record Q3, according to an analysis of data from Thomson Reuters and Intralinks. Capital-flush private equity (PE) firms competing with deal-hungry corporate acquirers, a strong global economy and low interest rates are helping to boost the M&A market overall. 

Learn more in the Q4 2018 edition of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.  

Independently verified as a highly accurate six-month forecast of M&A activity, the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor is compiled by tracking early-stage M&A transactions globally in preparation or having begun the due diligence stage. 

Download the issue with predictions for Q4 2018. Also in this issue:

  • A spotlight feature on how high M&A valuations are affecting dealmaking
  • An interview with Rupesh Khant, vice president of ICICI Securities, on the outlook for the Indian IPO market
  • Regional data on how long M&A deals are taking to complete due diligence and their volume of due diligence information

Peter Braverman

Peter Braverman

Peter Braverman is vice president of sales at Intralinks, a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, deal making and capital markets communities.