Monthly Canadian M&A Report
194 M&A transactions closed last month, 22% lower than the average monthly transaction count over the last ten years. As of April 30th, M&A activity year-to-date is down 33.0% versus 2022. However, the recent downturn in M&A activity appears to have reached the bottom. Cash on corporate balance sheets in North America decreased by 13.6% from March to $1.8 trillion (USD). There was approximately $1.3 trillion (USD) of private equity dry powder, which represents approximately $2.6 trillion (USD) in latent acquisition capacity when debt funding is factored in. Global inflationary pressures continue to dampen investor sentiment. Global uncertainty and turmoil in the financial sector have weakened valuations, driving M&A volume down.
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