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Middle Market M&A Most Active in 10 Years

By Generational Equity

Middle Market 2017

This really is amazing news when you consider just how far we have come in terms of M&A activity since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009.

According to Mergers & Acquisitions magazine, activity this year has been driven by:

  • Confidence in the overall economy, including a widely-held expectation of lower taxes and fewer regulations in the future
  • Underlying conditions favorable to M&A, such as an aging population of baby-boomer owners looking to sell their companies
  • The proliferation of technology in all industries
  • Investor enthusiasm for private equity as an asset class, which is fueling fundraising

Deals completed in the first six month this year totaled 5,260, according to data from Thomson Reuters. That represents a 12 percent increase over the 4,694 deals that closed in the first six months of 2016. And it marks the strongest first six months of the year since pre-recession 2007, when 5,478 middle-market deals closed.

It truly is a seller’s market!

And Generational Equity is experiencing the same trend. As of the writing of this post, the number of deals we have closed is up 20% over 2016 and even more impressively, total value of all deals completed is up 130% over last year during the same timeframe.

What does all this mean?

That right now is a great time to find a buyer for your business!

If you would like to find out more about how you could participate in one of the strongest seller’s markets in years, you need to set aside time and attend one of our exit planning conferences to find out what an exit can do for you and your family.

Here are some real stories from real people we have helped exit at the optimal time for maximum profit:

As you can hear from these business owners, everyone’s motivation is different but ultimately it comes down to proper timing. And now is simply one of best times to sell your company in ages.

Use the following links to learn how – just like Mike, Tommy, Chris and Dave – Generational Equity can help you with your exit plans:

By Carl Doerksen, Director of Corporate Development at Generational Equity.

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