Middle-Market Deals to Pick Up 10%-20% in Q2: Poll

Middle-market deal makers appear to be feeling busier this quarter than in Q1. In our weekly poll, more than 68% of the 105 people who took the poll said deal making would pick up in Q2 after a lackluster first quarter.

The majority (50%) said middle-market deals would increase by 10% to 20% in Q2. The next-largest group (31%) expects middle-market deals to continue at about the same pace as Q1. Full results are in the chart below.

New Poll

This week’s poll takes a look at venture capital deals, which slowed significantly in the first quarter. U.S. venture firms invested $5.8 billion in 758 deals, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB).

The number of deals was down 15% from Q4 (889 deals) and was the smallest number since the third quarter of 2009, according to MoneyTree. The dollar amount was down 19% from the fourth quarter ($7.1 billion) and was the smallest amount invested since Q4 2010.

Our question this week: Do you expect the pace of deal making to be slow all year or do you think 2012 total will outpace 2011? Take our poll on the homepage.

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