Mergers & Acquisitions’ M&A Conditions Index: Slow Expansion Continues

Leads for new deals hits year high

November 15, 2016, NEW YORK – Middle market M&A continued the trend toward growth seen the previous month with a score of 53.4, 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 September registered a reading of 53.4, suggesting that the upswing in activity with the August index continues.

“Leads for new deals, the component which tracks the earliest stage of dealmaking activity, hit 62.5, a high for the year,” said Mary Kathleen Flynn, Editor-in-Chief of Mergers & Acquisitions. “The component has been accelerating for eight months, indicating that the pipeline is full of potential new transactions.”


  • Dealmaking picked up in September, with the composite score increasing from 53.4 to 53.2
  • Completed deals stayed solidly in growth mode at 52.0, suggesting that hurdles to closing transactions that stalled deal flow earlier in the year are eroding
  • Financing availability slowed for the second month and remained in contraction territory

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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