US M&A: Finding Opportunity in the Unknown

26 May

US M&A: Finding Opportunity in the Unknown

Without a doubt, 2021 was an exceptional year for US M&A, and it will be difficult for 2022 to repeat those highs. But for the time being, optimism seems to be outweighing pessimism, despite concerns over Fed intervention against inflation and geopolitical tensions.

According to the survey of 150 private equity and corporate executives, most corporate respondents (65%) expect to undertake 1-3 deals over the next 12 months, while almost three-quarters (71%) of PE respondents expect to undertake at least four.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Most respondents expect the bulk of their activity to be domestic in nature. Moreover, the vast majority of corporates surveyed (88%) say they do not intend to pursue any major cross-sector deals over the next 12 months.
  • For a quarter of all respondents, the number-one driver of their M&A activity over the next 12 months will be capturing synergies between the businesses. Just over one-fifth (21%) emphasize pursuing diversification of products and services.
  • Almost all respondents (around 94%) are concerned about potential US policy developments and regulatory changes. Most PE respondents (51%) say they are somewhat concerned, whereas the bulk of corporates (59%) admit they are very concerned.
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