Corporate M&A article by Ernst & Young


With mergers and acquisitions in 2015 nearing an all-time record, the 13th Ernst & Young Global Capital Confidence Barometer finds US corporate executives both leveraging the opportunities a thriving deal market brings and exercising prudence.

Nearly three-fourths of our US respondents (74%) report M&A plans in the next year. That is an all-time high since we launched the Barometer more than six years ago. A similar percentage of our respondents say the valuation gap between buyers and sellers is small — indicating, in essence, that there’s never been a better time to do a deal.