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Dealmakers Expect Gains in TMT M&A

Tech, media and telecom is slated to out-pace the overall market but not the health care or manufacturing sectors

Dealmakers expect M&A in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector to gain more quickly than the in overall market and in the financial services sector but more slowly than in health care and manufacturing, according to the fourth installment of Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a forward-looking sentiment indicator published in partnership with McGladrey LLP. (See related graphic.)

The 3-month score of 79.1 for TMT indicates a more rapid growth rate than the 75.1 score for overall M&A. The 12-month score of 79.5 for TMT also beats the 70.8 score for overall. But health care is anticipated to be higher, with a 3-month score of 82.0 and a 12-month score of 80.5, as reported in the May issue of Mergers & Acquisitions. Manufacturing is also expected to be higher, with a 3-month score of 80.6 and a 12-month score of 81.8, as reported in the June issue. Financial services, however, is expected to be slower, with a 3-month score of 70.8 and a 12-month score of 74.7, as reported in the July issue.

The MMP is derived from monthly surveys of approximately 250 executives at private equity firms, investment banks, lending institutions and advisory firms in accounting, law and consulting. The results were published in three previous editions: "M&A in Financial Services to Expand Over Next Year;" "Manufacturing M&A Expected to Surge Over Next 12 Months;" and "Optimism on M&A Activity, Particularly in Health Care."

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