SourceMedia’s Mid-Market Pulse: Dealmakers Predict Short-Term Nose Dive for Energy Sector

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12-month forecast more optimistic but still a drop from July forecast

The 12-month outlook for energy fared better but still represented a significant decline from the score of 71.6 in July

Dealmakers predict slower growth in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector in the short term, according to the latest reading of SourceMedia’s Mid-Market Pulse (MMP). However, they do expect activity to pick up again in the long term.

The MMP, published by Mergers & Acquisitions in partnership with RSM US LLP (formerly McGladrey LLP), is a forward-looking sentiment indicator that monitors M&A professionals’ expectations for merger and acquisition activity within the middle market over the coming 3- and 12-month periods.

The MMP is a diffusion index, and readings above 50 indicate that respondents expect an increase in activity. While energy’s three-month forecast showed contraction, the 12-month score rose to expansion territory with a reading of 57.2.

“The 12-month outlook for energy fared better but still represented a significant decline from the score of 71.6 in July,” says Mergers & Acquisitions Editor in Chief Mary Kathleen Flynn. “It is not just the energy sector that has been affected, however; overall mid-market M&A has been slowing down.”

Each month, the MMP index spotlights an individual industry and presents respondents’ expectations for deal activity within that specific sector.

For a complete analysis of the MMP’s most recent data, visit

Inside the MMP
The Mergers & Acquisitions Mid-Market Pulse (MMP) is a monthly barometer of sentiment in the mergers and acquisitions business derived from monthly surveys of approximately 250 executives in private equity firms, investment banks, lenders, and advisory firms in accounting, law, and consulting.

Based on a regular set of recurring questions about expectations and trends across a range of key issues in M&A, the MMP is a leading indicator for potential changes in momentum in M&A activity. Various indicators that make up the MMP include projected deal volumes and pricing, staffing resource utilization levels, and the expected impacts of economic conditions, taxes and regulatory policy on future M&A activity.

Survey responses describe expectations and outlooks for 3- and 12-month forward periods to arrive at indicator scores. Respondents also are asked to elaborate on their responses and provide opinions about other conditions that affect their M&A outlook.

What Respondents are Saying
Survey respondents are encouraged to add verbatim comments to their answers. Transaction professionals noted that depression of prices is wreaking havoc with the energy sector.

“Commodities pricing will no doubt shake things up in the industry during the next year,” one dealmaker said.

Another commented: “Valuations in energy will likely continue to decline until bankruptcies start to emerge and there is a definite floor.”

“Stressed balance sheets from the last 12+ plus months of depressed prices will lead to M&A as lenders look to mitigate losses,” another respondent said.

About SourceMedia
SourceMedia, an Observer Capital company, is a diversified business-to-business digital media company serving senior professionals in the financial, technology, and healthcare sectors. Brands include American Banker, The Bond Buyer, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Planning, On Wall Street, Accounting Today, Health Data Management, and Employee Benefit News. Information about SourceMedia is available at

About SourceMedia Research
SourceMedia Research, a unit of SourceMedia, provides research solutions for marketers, agencies and others targeting business sectors such as banking, payments, mortgage, accounting, insurance, employee benefits and investment advisor / wealth management. SourceMedia Research specializes in reaching senior and C-level decision makers through access to its large proprietary opt-in databases and panels.

About Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions covers all aspects of middle-market dealmaking, including identifying acquisition targets, negotiating transactions, performing due diligence, and closing deals. With more than 49,000 unique monthly visitors, the brand’s website at is continuously updated, providing real-time information and analysis of news and trends in M&A. Its monthly magazine, which serves over 20,000 subscribers, is published in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global organization comprised of thousands of private equity firms, corporate officials and intermediaries. Mergers & Acquisitions’ online video series features interviews with high-profile dealmakers, including private equity partners, strategic buyers, investment bankers and other advisers.

RSM US LLP is the leading U.S. provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market, with more than 8,000 people in 80 offices nationwide. It is a licensed CPA firm and the U.S. member of RSM International, a global network of independent audit, tax and consulting firms with more than 37,000 people in over 110 countries. RSM uses its deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of clients to help them succeed.

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