Q1 2019 Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: APAC Region Dominates M&A Growth Forecasts

Impressive increase in APAC deal announcements predicted through Q1 2019

13 November 2018


A healthy increase in mergers and acquisitions deal activity for the Asia-Pacific region is on the horizon. The forecast: a 14 percent year-over-year (YOY) increase in the number of announced deals over the six months ending Q1 2019, led by the TMT (Technology, Media & Telecoms), Energy & Power and Materials sectors. That’s according to the newest Q1 2019 issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report, just published.

In fact, all APAC regions are showing double-digit increases in their volumes of early-stage M&A activity in Q3 2018, signaling expectations for increased M&A announcements in Q1 2019. The strongest contributions to the region’s growth are expected to come from North Asia (China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan), Japan and India.

The M&A market can thank the Asia-Pacific region in 2018. During the first nine months of 2018, the number of deals announced in APAC rose by 6 percent YOY while the rest of the world declined by 7 percent. As a result, the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor forecasts that for the full year 2018, the worldwide number of announced M&A deals will be around 1 percent lower YOY.

Worldwide, Intralinks expects the number of M&A deal announcements to rise by 6 percent YOY during the six months ending Q1 2019. However, structural imbalances and signs of market stress suggest the current M&A up-cycle may be nearing its peak. Rising U.S. interest rates, volatile global equity markets, reversals of capital flows to emerging market economies, overstretched valuation levels and increasing protectionism against M&A and global trade may combine to overcome dealmaking confidence in 2019.

Find out more in the Q1 2019 issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor.

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

Download your copy here.

Along with our forecast of M&A activity for the six months ending Q1 2019, the latest issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor includes:

  • A spotlight feature on the potential of blockchains to disrupt the dealmaking process – hope or hype?
  • An interview with Frank A. McGrew IV, managing partner at McNally Capital, on doing deals with family-owned businesses.
  • Regional data on how long M&A deals are taking to complete due diligence and their volume of due diligence information.

Allan Robertson

Allan Robertson

Formerly the Intralinks Chief of Staff, Allan has gained unique insight and broad exposure to the Intralinks business end-to-end, both globally and cross-functionally. Allan joined Intralinks in 2010 as VP, EMEA Sales, and successfully lead teams across all lines of business. He joined Intralinks from Pirean Ltd where he was a Sales Director. Prior to that he held senior sales roles at IBM and Rational Software. Allan has a degree in technology and business from the University of Strathclyde.

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