Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Conditions Index: On the Rebound

Activity picked up in August, suggesting an upward trend for year-end

October 20, 2016, NEW YORK – Signs point to a rebound for the second half of the year, according to the latest reading of Mergers & AcquisitionsM&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 August registered a reading of 53.2, suggesting that activity has increased and may be poised to continue on an upward trend for the rest of 2016.

“The scores for new transaction leads and signed letters of intent were high, indicating the earliest stages of dealmaking are seeing a lot of activity,” said Mary Kathleen Flynn, Editor-in-Chief of Mergers & Acquisitions. “The healthy early-stage scores bode well for future M&A.”


  • Completed deals registered 52.0, a climb from July’s 45.8, suggesting some of the obstacles that stalled M&A in the first half of the year might be diminishing
  • Financing availability continues to struggle, contracting to 47.8 from 50.0 the previous month
  • Staffing was solidly in expansion mode, marking optimism among dealmakers about the future of M&A

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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Dana Jackson

Mary Kathleen Flynn