08 Mar M&A Deal Activity Was Down 24% in 2016
According to final 2016 data from PitchBook, a leading financial information provider for dealmakers and advisors, M&A deal activity fell each quarter in 2016 and was down about 24% for the entire year compared to 2015. Our targeted industries of Information Technology and Healthcare continued to have significant deal flow, accounting for 17% and 9% of all transactions, respectively.
One partial explanation for the slowdown may have been political uncertainty in the U.S. and other countries. Another is that after 2015, a record year for deal activity, some acquisitive companies may have slowed down in 2016 to integrate their previous acquisitions.