Mergers Make Comeback

February 19, 2013 17:36 by Stephanie Siders in M&A  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

After a less than stellar year for deals in 2012, confidence is up and each week seems to bring an announcement of a new mega-merger in the works.  Year-to-date M&A activity totals $158.7 billion, more than double the activity in the same period one year ago.  What is driving the increase in deals?  A big reason is capital.  S&P 500 companies have more than $1 trillion on their balance sheets, and are finally putting it to work. Private equity firms are looking for deals to put dry powder to use.  Banks are more willing to lend after putting the housing crisis behind.  And interest rates remain at record lows.  Read more here.

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