Good news: Deal flow predictor forecasts big increase in APAC M&A

A sophisticated deal flow predictor has forecast almost 20% quarter- over-quarter APAC deal activity

Intralinks Holdings, a leading global SaaS provider of content management and collaboration solutions, has announced the release of the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor (DFP), a unique predictor of future M&A activity.

The Intralinks DFP 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 5% quarter‐on‐quarter (QoQ) decrease and an 8% year-on-year (YoY) increase in early‐stage global M&A activity in Q1 2015, with particularly strong performances in Asia Pacific.

Early-stage M&A activity levels in Asia Pacific are showing a consistent increase, up 7% over the last four quarters, 7%YoY and 18% 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.

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

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 7-11% 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 says.

“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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