Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Conditions Index: Expansion Continues for Fifth Month

Leads for new deals and completed transactions hit high for the year

November 15, 2016, NEW YORK – Dealmaking in the middle market rose again in October, marking the fifth month of expansion, according to the Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Conditions Index (MACI).

The MACI is a diffusion index that gauges mid-market merger and acquisition activity. Readings above 50 indicate an expansion in M&A activity, and readings below 50 indicate a contraction. Monthly readings are presented as a time series that can be used to monitor the prevailing rate and direction of change in M&A activity.

The MACI Composite Index for October registered a reading of 55.4*, up two points from the previous month.

“While October typically generates a lot of activity, with M&A pros motivated to close deals before year’s end, the uptick was especially welcome this year, following the slow first half of the year,” said Mary Kathleen Flynn, Editor-in-Chief of Mergers & Acquisitions. “Survey respondents expect the momentum to continue now that the election is over.”


  • Leads for new transactions and completed deals delivered their highest scores of the year in October, heralding a strong fourth quarter.
  • M&A business activity and staffing improved in October, underscoring long-term confidence in the M&A market

*Corporate sell-offs have driven activity in 2016 but levelled off in October.

Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Conditions Index was developed by SourceMedia Research with the editors of Mergers & Acquisitions to monitor mid-market M&A conditions. The MACI is powered by surveys of Mergers & Acquisitions’ audience of qualified professionals in corporations, investment banks, law firms, private equity and other M&A advisory firms. A complete analysis of the most recent MACI data is available here.

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