M&A Predictor — appetite remains strong, but deal completions continue to lag behind

The world’s largest corporates are expected to maintain healthy appetites for inorganic growth over the next six months, according to analysts’ expectations.

Having risen 16 per cent over the last year, predicted forward P/E ratios (a measure of corporate confidence, or appetite) remained at a high level during the first half of 2014, falling back marginally, suggesting that analysts expect corporate M&A confidence to remain strong.

The increase in appetite is matched by an anticipated increase of capacity of 13 per cent over the next year, meaning that corporates are continuing to pay down debt and have an increasing amount of cash with which to fund deals…

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