Q1 2019 Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor: France, Italy and the U.K. Expected to Show the Highest Growth in European M&A Announcements

Flat growth predicted in M&A announcements across EMEA through Q1 2019

13 November 2018

Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor

After declining by 8 percent year-over-year (YOY) during the first nine months of 2018, the number of announced mergers and acquisitions deals in Europe, the Middle East and Africa is expected to make a recovery, of sorts. According to the just-published Q1 2019 issue of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor  report, M&A deal announcements are forecast to be flat YOY over the six months ending Q1 2019, led by the Consumer & Retail, Industrials and Real Estate sectors.

Among the five largest European economies, France, Italy and the U.K. are expected to show the highest growth in M&A announcements, whereas levels of M&A announcements are expected to be flat in Germany and are expected to decline in Spain. Outside Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East are also 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.

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.

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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.

Laurent Sultan

Laurent Sultan is Senior Vice President of Sales for Europe, the Middle East & Africa at Intralinks.