Middle-market dealmakers have been extremely active for the last year and a half. In the first three months of 2015, they completed 542 mid-market transactions worth a total of $70.8 billion, according to data from Thomson Reuters. That's pretty much on par with the $72.5 billion of transactions that closed during the first three months of 2014, which was a record-breaking year for M&A. Additionally, dealmakers remain bullish about what's on the horizon for the industry. Numerous factors that have led to such a robust M&A market: macroeconomic conditions are strong, consumer confidence reached a 10-year high in the first quarter, interest rates remain low, private equity firms have a record amount of dry power available for investment and leverage is easy to come by. (See related graphic.)
Most experts predict these terrific dealmaking conditions will last through 2015, but they certainly won't last forever. Now is the time to get the deal done before conditions change.