Capstone Partners Capital Markets Update | Q2 2021

M&A Activity Continues at Torrid Pace Through Q2:  How Long Can This Last?

Middle market merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in Q2 increased 2.4% from the prior quarter, marking the highest number of closed deals since Q1 2017.

Many transactions that were placed on hold in 2020 launched in 2021 with prospective sellers recouping pandemic-induced losses and expediting exit timelines to capitalize on the current favorable tax environment. Elevated deal activity has also been driven by the historically low cost of capital, supportive fiscal and monetary policy, pent-up consumer demand, and the reorganization of many industries in the wake of the pandemic.

As the M&A market has surged, intense competition for quality assets has driven favorable pricing with strategics leveraging improved balance sheets and private equity firms demonstrating a willingness to pay higher multiples for attractive businesses that complement their investment thesis.

Capstone expects M&A to continue at a rapid pace through year end while dealmakers continue to grapple with staffing challenges and delays for transaction-related services.

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