18 Percent Quarter-over-Quarter Increase in APAC M&A Activity Seen in Early 2015

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor (DFP), a predictor of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, forecasts changes in the volume of global M&A deals that are expected to be announced in the next six months.

The Q1 2015 DFP report suggests that we will see a five percent quarter-on-quarter (QoQ) decrease and an eight percent year-on-year (YoY) increase in early-stage global M&A activity in Q1 2015, with particularly strong performances in North America and Asia Pacific.

The Q1 2015 DFP points to sustained momentum in M&A activity that will carry into 2015.

With this latest DFP report, Intralinks is also continuing to predict that global announced M&A volumes for the full year of 2014 will rise between seven and 11 percent compared to 2013, which would represent the first annual increase in the number of announced M&A deals since 2010.

Early-stage M&A activity levels in Asia Pacific are showing a consistent increase, up 7 percent over the last four quarters, 7 percent YoY and 18 percent QoQ. The jump in QoQ activity was seen across almost the entire APAC region.

Leading the pick-up in activity were South Korea, Singapore, India and Japan.

"Deal volumes across Asia Pacific have been particularly impressive, with the largest increases in activity seen across the manufacturing/industrials, technology and consumer sectors," said Matt Porzio, vice president of M&A strategy and product marketing at Intralinks.

Globally, the Q1 2015 DFP points to sustained momentum in M&A activity that will carry into 2015.

With this latest DFP report, Intralinks is also continuing to predict that global announced M&A volumes for the full year of 2014 will rise between seven and 11 percent compared to 2013, which would represent the first annual increase in the number of announced M&A deals since 2010.

"The combination of increasing competition among buyers along with corporates actively looking for new opportunities is driving increased activity," Porzio continued. "Sellers are motivated and buyers have access to financing, enabling them to grow. Global deal volume continues to go up and we expect to see a good number of high profile deal announcements through early 2015."

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