M&A Pace Will Pick Up, Say peHUB Readers

Y’all are really not that excited about market conditions, but the show must go on.

Three out of five participants in peHUB’s reader poll expect M&A activity to pick up from the slow conditions during the first quarter, but only because VCs, PE sponsors and strategics have money that they need to put to work.

Barely one in 10 believe that strengthening economic activity will provide a lift for deals.

And more than a quarter of you said that M&A will continue to remain slow.

By a number of measures, 2013 has gotten off to a slow start in the deals space, with venture investing down, corporate venture dealmaking sagging and buyouts transaction volumes down. (The dollar value of buyouts has been buoyed by a few mega deals.)

“Plus the stock market is up making entrepreneurs feel they may be missing out,” said one poll respondent.

Here’s another way to look at our survey results:

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