While transaction professionals continue to forecast growth in manufacturing deals, their expectations have been dimming over the last two years, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP).

In our most recent poll, the sector received a 3-month outlook score of 59.1, lower than the 64.8 score given to overall M&A for the same time period. The 12-month outlook was even lower, at 57.9 for manufacturing, compared with 61.1 for overall M&A.The numbers have been declining since early 2014, when survey respondents gave manufacturing a 3-month score of 80.6 and a 12-month score of 81.8.

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