News From The Middle

Published on: 12/01/2014

In quarters past, we have been reporting on increased M&A activity in the middle market, noting a sharp rise in new companies preparing to enter the market and deals moving closer to closing. Despite the growing backlog of transactions within our own firm and deal makers across the industry generally feeling like the market was roaring, formal statistics about deal volume and closings seemed to be lagging the activity. Well, that is no longer the case. Moreover, deal closing activity in Q4 – though still a bit early to say – appears to be dwarfing 2013 levels. Here are some interesting “headline” trends we are seeing across the middle market M&A landscape (which the numbers are actually starting to support as well):