News From The Middle

Published on: 02/22/2013

2012 is being perceived as a “moderate” year for mergers and acquisitions, with experts citing a lack of highly publicized megadeals. But from our standpoint, firmly entrenched in the U.S. middle market, 2012 was a solid year. Statistics show that the number of transactions valued under $250 million rose 4% in 2012, with over 14,000 announced deals totaling $167 billion in aggregate value. This growth was fueled by healthy balance sheets among strategic suitors, cash rich private equity buyers, and a favorable lending environment.