The Deloitte M&A Index 2017
Dealing with the future
Despite the big shifts in 2016, M&A markets managed to hold up well. The year ended with $3.2 trillion worth of announced deals, about 16 per cent down on the record-breaking figure in 2015, but still the third best year in the last ten, while the volumes were 2.6 per cent higher than 2015.
The cash paradox
Market commentators often cite record corporate cash reserves as the key driver to rekindle M&A volumes yet dealmaking has remained subdued. The UK M&A Insight team at Deloitte have examined this paradox by analysing the FTSE 100 non-financial companies and their historical spending patterns