M&A Activity at Record Levels in 2021

By Generational Equity


New data from S&P Global Market Intelligence supports what we are experiencing with Generational so far in 2021: This year will be a record year, by far, in M&A activity:

Global M&A Activity 2021

(Source: S&P Global Market Intelligence)

As you can see from the chart above, 2021 is not only ahead of 2020 (in terms of deals closed worldwide), it is also above the same time frames in 2018 and 2019, both pre-pandemic years.

If you are the owner of a privately held company today, you need to really consider this data as you contemplate your exit timing. Based on current trends, and assuming there is no major economic disruption over the next 10 months or so, you could be able to close a deal for your business and exit on your terms, during one of the strongest seller’s markets in ages. 

So what is your delay?

Sadly history is filled with business owners that tried to time their exit, only to wait too long and realize that the market had turned. With so much unknown on the horizon (specifically federal tax changes, mid-term elections and interest rate discussions), waiting too long could really hammer the financial legacy that you worked so hard to build.

To learn more about current M&A trends and to confidentially discuss your specific situation, please call us at 972-232-1121 and speak with one of our Senior Business Advisors. They can walk you through how to proceed so that you can maximize your exit, whether it is this year or 10 years from now.

Carl Doerksen is the Director of Corporate Development at Generational Equity.

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