Short-term expectations for M&A in the energy sector are the lowest we’ve seen in any sector measured by Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP) since we began our monthly surveys in the fall of 2013. (See related graphic).

Dealmakers who participated in our January poll gave the sector a three-month Composite score of 31.6, a dramatic drop from the 68.2 score the sector garnered in July. At 57.2, the 12-month outlook for energy fared better but still represented a significant decline from the score of 71.6 in July. It is not the just energy sector that has been affected, however, overall mid-market M&A has been slowing down. For more, see Mid-Market M&A Come to a Dead Stop, or is This a Momentary Pause.

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