Major 2018 Broker Transactions
- 16% YTD reduction in deal count from 1H-2017 not believed to be indicator of slowing M&A activity
> Some of the declines likely due to buyers completing larger than normal and/or international transactions and digesting all the transactions completed in 2017
- 280 transactions in the 1st half of 2018 is 2nd highest semi-annual total, behind only 1H-2017
- Agency valuations at historical peaks and Sellers continue to take advantage of buyer interest
- Gap between internal agency valuations (for perpetuation purposes) and 3rd party transactions continues to increase, making the perpetuation choice ever more difficult
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This analysis was prepared by Timothy J. Cunningham, managing director, and Daniel P. Menzer, senior partner.
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