U.S. Mergers Acquisitions First Quarter Recap

U.S. Mergers & Acquisitions: First Quarter Recap

U.S. M&A activity in Q1’24 points towards a market teetering on the edge of a potential rebound. Q1’24 had mixed results, with aggregate deal value rising significantly while deal volume declined YoY (measured as the total number of M&A transactions announced). This period was marked by a surge in mega-deal activity, signaling revived confidence among…
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Watermark Wire: Q1’24 Economic Commentary

Economic growth in the last quarter of 2023 was stronger than expected, leading to hopes for a ‘soft landing’ in Q1’24 for the US economy. While a robust stock market performance during the first quarter increased investor optimism, inflationary pressures, a delay in rate cuts, and rising concerns over national debt levels have signaled an…
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M&A Market Commentary

Reflections on the 2023 M&A Market US transaction volume fell by 30.3% from 2022 to 2023, dragging aggregate transaction value down from $2.98 trillion to $1.83 trillion over the same period. Throughout 2023, M&A activity remained sluggish. According to S&P Global, early in the year initial optimism for a broad M&A recovery waned due to…

Economic Outlook

Lagging Economic Indicators               Real GDP growth over the last four quarters has increased 2.9%, bolstered by exceptionally strong growth in the third quarter of 2023. The value added of private-goods producing and private-services producing industries increased 10.2% and 4.1%, respectively, while government increased the slowest at 2%. However, projections suggest a notable deceleration in…
Recession, The US dollar and M&A

Recession, The US Dollar and M&A

  Table of Contents Market Retreat Overview Spotlight on Acquisitions of Buyers Headquartered in SC, NC, GA & TN 2023 Spotlight on Sellers Headquartered in SC, NC, GA & TN – 2023 It’s been many months since we shared our outlook on market conditions. A good starting point is what is plaguing the global economy.…

NEXT Founders Forum: Setting Your Company Up For A Successful Exit

Register now to attend this upcoming event. Founders Forum, powered by NEXT, is an educational series for entrepreneurs, taught by subject matter experts in key areas of focus for all startups. Learn how you can improve your efforts as a founder, walk away with outcomes you can apply directly to your business, and strengthen your…
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How M&A Has Changed in Q4 – M&A Wire Video

Is M&A decoupling from the economy? If so, what does that mean for 2023? In this latest Watermark Wire video, Hagen Rogers explores how and why mid-sized companies are seeing fewer M&A transaction volume but higher M&A transaction multiples. He then offers practical advice for BOTH acquirers and sellers.
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Top M&A Fumbles and Landmines That Every Acquirer Should Know

We are proud to share our Executive Briefing which explores “fumbles and landmines” that cause acquirers to ultimately fail in capturing an ROI above a hurdle rate. ROI and strategic failures by acquirers go for the most part largely unreported. However, they are in fact, much more widespread than many realize, costing shareholders dearly. We…