Emerging markets experience the biggest increases in M&A deal activity in
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2011 /CNW/ -- The end of year and Q4 2010 IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator(TM) (DFI) was released today and reports a 33 percent increase in global M&A deal activity in 2010 from 2009. In Q4 2010, global deal activity was up 20 percent compared to Q4 2009 but decreased by three percent versus Q3 2010 following six consecutive quarters of growth.
The IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator found that there was a significant increase in M&A deal activity during 2010 throughout all regions but particularly in the emerging markets. Asia-Pacific (65 percent increase in 2010 compared to 2009) and Latin America (55 percent) were followed by Europe/Middle East/Africa (33 percent) and North America (26 percent). The upsurge in global M&A deal activity is illustrated by the 2010 deal flows exceeding the numbers from early 2008.
The overall positive trends for 2010 are consistent with the following factors in the marketplace:
-- Continued equity market stability
-- Favorable interest rate environment
-- Cash/Capital stockpiles driving corporate buyers and resurgence in
financial sponsor activity
-- Corporate growth that can only be achieved through M&A deals
-- Macroeconomic drivers such as need for natural resources
"It's very encouraging to see the sizeable growth in M&A deal activity in 2010," said Matt Porzio, vice president, M&A product marketing, IntraLinks. "Based on the overall trending, there is a strong possibility of additional momentum throughout 2011, particularly in Asia-Pacific and Latin America where the number of intra-regional emerging market deals is expected to grow at an accelerated rate."
Other noteworthy results from the IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator include that global M&A deals increased in the telecom, media, consumer and energy industries in Q4 2010 compared to Q3 2010. There were decreases in the real estate, industrials, life sciences and technology sectors during that same period.
IntraLinks has been a leading global provider of M&A virtual data rooms for more than 10 years. The IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator is calculated using the total volume of IntraLinks exchanges that were proposed for use by deal teams initiating projects during the previous quarter. The totals are then analyzed by global regions and compared to previous time periods. This report is based on observations and subjective interpretations of M&A deal activity and is not intended to be an indicator of IntraLinks' business performance or operating results for any prior or future period.
Read the end of year and Q4 2010 IntraLinks Deal Flow Indicator at www.intralinks.com/dealflow
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