Monthly Canadian M&A Report

Month Ended February 28th, 2023


139 M&A transactions closed last month, 53% lower than the average monthly transaction count over the last ten years. As of February 28th, M&A activity year-to-date is down 51.2% versus 2022. Cash on corporate balance sheets in North America decreased by 14% from January to $1.9 trillion (USD). There was approximately $1.2 trillion (USD) of private equity dry powder, which represents approximately $2.4 trillion (USD) in latent acquisition capacity when debt funding is factored in. Global inflationary pressures continue to dampen investor sentiment. Uncertainty around interest rates and corporate liquidity has weakened valuations, driving M&A volume down.


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