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Global M&A Activity Predicted to Increase in First Half of 2017

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor, an indicator of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) announcements, with a proven track record for accuracy, forecasts a six percent increase in the total number of M&A deals announced globally in 1H 2017 compared to 1H 2016, setting a new record for annual first half global announced deal count.

“The fact that the rate of growth in early-stage M&A activity in Q4 2016 remained steady despite the (unexpected) victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election and the (expected) decision of the US Federal Reserve to increase the target range for the federal funds rate by ¼ of a percentage point, suggests that dealmaking confidence remains high. The forces that have been powering M&A activity over the past three years – namely a global environment of low inflation, below-trend economic growth and ultra-low interest rates – remain in place today,” said Matt Porzio, Vice President of M&A Strategy and Product Marketing at Intralinks.

Year-over-year (YoY) growth in early-stage M&A activity in Q4 2016, which is an indicator of M&A announcements in Q2 2017, grew by seven percent globally. This increase in activity was driven by increased numbers of early-stage transactions in three out of the four global regions: Asia Pacific (APAC, up 44 percent), Latin America (LATAM, up 11 percent) and Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA, up 9 percent). In North America (NA) early-stage M&A activity declined by 5 percent.

Regional M&A predictions according to the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor include:

1.   In APAC, M&A announcements in Q2 2017 will increase YoY, with the strongest levels of growth coming from India, Southeast Asia and Japan. The top three APAC sectors for YoY growth in Q2 2017 M&A announcements will be Financials, Consumer & Retail and Healthcare.
 
2. In EMEA, M&A announcements in Q2 2017 will increase YoY, with the strongest levels of growth coming from France, Spain, Germany and Eastern Europe. The top three EMEA sectors for YoY growth in Q2 2017 M&A announcements will be Consumer & Retail, TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms) and Energy & Power.
 
3. In LATAM, M&A announcements in Q2 2017 will increase YoY, with the strongest levels of growth coming from Argentina and Mexico, with Brazil showing flat or slightly declining M&A activity. The LATAM sectors with the strongest YoY growth in Q2 2017 M&A announcements will be Healthcare and Real Estate.
 
4. In NA, the number of M&A announcements in Q2 2017 will decrease YoY. The NA sectors leading the decline in announcements in Q2 2017 will be Consumer & Retail, Industrials and Energy & Power. The Materials, Financials and Healthcare sectors will, however, show increasing announcements in Q2 2017.
 

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor forecasts the number of future M&A deal announcements by tracking early-stage M&A activity – sell side M&A transactions across the world that are in preparation or have reached the due diligence stage. These early-stage deals are, on average, six months away from their public announcement. The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor has been independently verified as an accurate predictor of future changes in the global number of announced M&A transactions, as reported by Thomson Reuters.

To find out more, download the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor report here.

About the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor provides Intralinks' perspective on the level of M&A due diligence activity taking place during any given period of time. The statistics contained in the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor represent the volume of virtual data rooms (VDRs) opened, or proposed to be opened, through Intralinks or other providers for the purpose of conducting due diligence on proposed transactions including asset sales, divestitures, equity private placements, financings, capital raises, joint ventures, alliances and partnerships. These statistics are not adjusted for changes in Intralinks' share of the VDR market or changes in market demand for VDR services. These statistics may not correlate to the volume of completed transactions that may be reported by market data providers and should not be construed to represent the volume of transactions that will ultimately be consummated during any period of time. Indications of future completed deal activity derived from the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor are based on assumed rates of deals going from due diligence stage to completion. In addition, the statistics reported by market data providers may be compiled with a different set of transaction types than those set forth above.

THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE INTRALINKS DEAL FLOW PREDICTOR (COLLECTIVELY THE "MATERIALS") ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. INTRALINKS MAKES NO GUARANTEE, REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE TIMELINESS, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE MATERIALS. THESE MATERIALS ARE BASED ON INTRALINKS' OBSERVATIONS AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF DUE DILIGENCE ACTIVITY TAKING PLACE, OR PROPOSED TO TAKE PLACE, ON INTRALINKS' OR OTHER PROVIDERS' VDR PLATFORMS FOR A LIMITED SET OF TRANSACTION TYPES. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN INDICATOR OF INTRALINKS' BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OR OPERATING RESULTS FOR ANY PRIOR, CURRENT OR FUTURE PERIOD, NOR ARE THESE MATERIALS INTENDED TO PROMISE, GUARANTEE OR ASSURE FUTURE LEVELS OF COMPLETED DEAL ACTIVITY. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY INVESTMENT ADVICE OR SOLICIT INVESTMENTS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER.

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About Intralinks

Intralinks is a global content collaboration company that provides cloud-based solutions to control the sharing, distribution and management of high value content within and across organizations according to the highest-level of security and the most stringent compliance regulations. Over 90,000 clients, 99% of the Fortune 1000 companies, have depended on Intralinks' to digitally transform and simplify critical business processes and secure high-value information. With a 20-year track record of enabling high-stakes transactions and business collaborations valued at $31.3 trillion, Intralinks is a trusted provider of easy-to-use, enterprise strength, cloud-based collaboration technology. Intralinks, Inc. is a subsidiary of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SNCR). For more information, visit www.intralinks.com.

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