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M&A Trends Report 2014

A comprehensive look at the M&A market


Over the past 18 months, merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has accelerated in the U.S. That trend is poised to continue, if not increase, according to the first annual Deloitte M&A Trends report.

Of the 2,500 corporate and private equity respondents, 84 percent of corporate executives anticipate a sustained, if not accelerated, pace of M&A activity in the next 24 months. The vast majority of private equity executives (89 percent) are expecting average to high deal activity going forward.

Tom McGee discusses survey findings on CNBC

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Additional findings in the "M&A trends report 2014"

  • Twenty-one percent of companies anticipate major transformational deals while about one in three will pursue smaller strategic transactions.
  • Almost two-thirds of private equity firms expect portfolio exits to increase — with 36 percent looking at initial public offerings (IPO).
  • Fifty-nine percent of corporate respondents say their M&A investments will involve an acquisition in a foreign market. About three-quarters of private equity firms are expecting to acquire a target in another country.
  • Companies anticipate deal activity to increase most heavily within the technology sector, followed by health care providers and plans, energy (both alternative energy and oil and gas), and banking and securities.
  • Sixty-eight percent of private equity executives expect their firms to become more industry-focused in the coming year.

Almost nine out of 10 corporate respondents indicated that at least a portion of transactions completed in the past two years may not have generated their expected value or return on investment. This report takes a look at the factors that can help contribute to deal success and those that may cause a deal to fall short of its maximum potential.

Access the full report above to learn more about the outlook for M&A and the factors that can help impact deal success.

About the survey
A total of 2,182 executives at U.S. companies and 318 executives at private equity firms, representing all major industries and company/firm sizes, provided their insights for this survey.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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