Dealmakers predict M&A in the energy industry will accelerate over the next 12 months, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a forward-looking sentiment indicator, published in partnership with CT. (Read the full report here and see related chart).

Depressed oil prices and market volatility have led many energy companies to struggle. Oil and gas explorer Energy XXI Ltd. (NYSE: EXXI) and coal giant Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE: BTU) have filed for bankruptcy. And a slew of companies have indicated concerns regarding their ability to continue operations, including SandRidge Energy Inc. and Vaalco Energy (NYSE: EGY).

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