Transaction professionals have lowered their short-term expectations for middle-market M&A in the energy sector significantly since the last time we looked at the sector in mid-2014, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), a forward-looking sentiment indicator derived from monthly surveys of approximately 250 executives and published in partnership with McGladrey LLP. (See related graphic.)

The 3-month score of 49.4 ranks far below the 77.5 score for overall M&A in the short term. It’s also significantly lower than the 3-month score of 68.5 that the sector garnered previously.

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