23 February 2017

High early-stage M&A activity in APAC in Q416

  • Early-stage mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is showing the highest increase at 44% compared to the same period last year
  • India outperforms other APAC countries with yyear-over-year (YoY) growth of 100%
  • Globally, 1H 17 M&A announcements are expected to increase by 6%

Source: Intralinks. Cover for the Deal Flow Preidctor report.
Source: Intralinks. Cover for the report.
The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor, a forecast of future M&A announcements, predicts a 6% increase in the total number of M&A deals to be announced globally in 1H17 compared to 1H16, setting a new record in the number of global announced deals in the first half of a year.

The APAC region, with 44% YoY growth in early-stage M&A activity in Q416, is the top performing region for early-stage M&A activity, and is set to contribute heavily to 1H17’s expected record deal count. Strong performances from India, Southeast Asia, Australia and Japan are predicted. This level of YoY growth in early-stage M&A activity is the highest in APAC for almost five years. In terms of sectors, financials, consumer & retail and healthcare will fuel the growth in APAC M&A deals announced in Q217.

“While almost all parts of APAC showed double-digit YoY growth, India once again proved to be the fastest growing country in the region, a position it has held for three consecutive quarters, with YoY growth of 100%,” said Philip Whitchelo, VP Strategy and Product Marketing at Intralinks.

"Other parts of APAC contributing to the significant growth that we are seeing in early-stage M&A activity include Southeast Asia which is up 49%, Australia up 47%, and Japan up 33%."

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor forecasts the number of future M&A deal announcements by tracking early-stage M&A activity – sell side M&A transactions across the world that are in preparation or have reached the due diligence stage. These early-stage deals are, on average, six months away from their public announcement. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor has been independently verified by Decision Economics as an accurate predictor of future changes in the global number of announced M&A transactions.


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