Sunday, July 25, 2010

M&A Activity in First Half 2010 Highest Since 2007

Star Tribune -- "After sputtering for more than a year amid the credit crisis and ensuing recession, the deals machine appears to be running once again. Mergers and acquisitions posted a fourth consecutive quarterly increase in the second quarter and deals in the first half of the year reached the highest level since 2007, an indication that more companies are increasing their confidence in the economy.  Nationally, there were 5,345 deals in the first half of the year, up 49 percent from the same period last year, according to research firm Dealogic (see chart above)." 


At 7/26/2010 8:34 AM, Blogger morganovich said...

one complicating factor in these figures is that there has been a massive consolidation trend in the smaller, regional health insurance providers.

this is predominantly due to fear about the costs of and inability to survive under the new health care rules.

alas, that is not the sort of creative destruction schumpeter had in mind...

At 7/26/2010 12:44 PM, Blogger Benjamin Cole said...

Curiously enough, most mergers do not pan out. The result is capital destruction.


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