Middle market M&A volume accelerated in March, Baird report says

Middle market mergers and acquisitions in the U.S. are quickly gaining momentum, according to the March Global M&A Monthly report issued by Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co.

Last month saw the highest volume in the middle market in the U.S. since June of 2000. There were 454 deals announced in the middle market for the month, which was a 93 percent increase from March 2009. Dollar volume rose 86 percent in March from one year earlier.

First quarter totals were almost as impressive. There were 1,216 middle market deals closed during the first quarter, a 62 percent increase from the first quarter of 2009. Dollar volume rose about 74 percent in the first quarter.

The total U.S. marketplace saw gains in March as well. The 948 M&A deals announced in March were an almost 60 percent increase from the March 2009 levels, the report states. Dollar volume rose more than 28 percent.

To read Baird’s full March report, visit http://www.rwbaird.com/sharedpdf/emailtemplates/InvestmentBanking/GlobalMA_April10.pdf.


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