Firmex and Mergermarket Release Study on the North American M&A Market

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Research results projects healthy expansion in mid-market M&A activity, dominated by technology, telecommunications and media sector

'Technology, telecommunications and media will continue to dominate, particularly those companies with niche technologies, based on activity projections for the next 12 months,' says James Roddy, Head of Mid-Cap Investment Banking and M&A, J.P. Morgan.

Firmex, a global provider of virtual data rooms (VDRs) and a secure document sharing platform, announced today a new research report examining mid-market deal making in North America. The report – titled “Mid-market: The Crux of North American M&A” – is the second in a series of studies developed in collaboration with Mergermarket, and provides M&A deal makers with the insights they need to evaluate trends in the market.

The report, which also features interviews with five leading experts based in the US and Canada, reports a healthy outlook for North American mid-market M&A activity, and provides projected deal volume and value over the next 12 months across key sectors, including technology, media and telecommunications, energy, business services, consumer, real estate, industrial and chemicals, financial and life sciences/healthcare.

“Technology, telecommunications and media will continue to dominate, particularly those companies with niche technologies, based on activity projections for the next 12 months,” says James Roddy, Head of Mid-Cap Investment Banking and M&A, J.P. Morgan. “The business services and energy sectors are also well positioned for growth.”

The report projects that most North American mid-market companies will transact in the deal range of US$10m to US$250m, but there will also be significant traction in the US$251m to US$500m range. Mid-market deals made up over a third of all North American M&A in 2014, according to Mergermarket, the highest proportion in four years. And while 2015 hasn’t quite reached that level so far, figures are still ahead of 2013.

“We’re excited to release the latest report in this series, and we hope dealmaking professionals find it useful as they navigate the mid-market for the rest of 2015,” says Joel Lessem, CEO of Firmex.

The report also offers interesting insights on the M&A market in relation to the Canadian recession, Baby-Boomer influence, the rise of private equity activity, and global expansion drivers.

The complete report is available for download at: http://www.firmex.com/company/resources/ma-mid-market-report-q3-2015/

Mergermarket
Mergermarket, part of The Mergermarket Group, is an unparalleled, independent M&A intelligence tool used by the world's foremost financial institutions to originate deals. It provides proprietary intelligence on potential deal flow, potential mandates and valuations via the world's largest group of M&A journalists and analysts who have direct access to the most senior decision-makers and corporates. The Mergermarket Group has over 450 employees worldwide and regional head offices in New York, London and Hong Kong. Visit us at http://www.mergermarket.com

Firmex
Firmex is a global provider of virtual data rooms and a secure document sharing platform. From its Toronto, Canada office, the company helps run over 10,000 new data rooms a year with more than 75,000 companies worldwide trusting Firmex as their virtual data room provider. Millions of documents are exchanged each year using Firmex, supporting processes that include financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, litigation, and procurement. For more information, go to: http://www.firmex.com/get-started/.

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Chrissy Carney
PR Manager—Americas
The Mergermarket Group
chrissy(dot)carney(at)mergermarket(dot)com

Lizanne McReelis
Echo PR (for Firmex)
lizanne(at)echo-communications(dot)com

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