An increase in private-equity money into many industries and sectors is likely to add to merger and acquisition transactions in 2006, according to a report issued recently by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The report, entitled: “M&A Surge to Continue Worldwide Amid Industry Consolidation, Influx of Private-Equity Funds” is accompanied by eight sector-specific reports on industries likely to experience the most activity.
The sectors most likely to be affected by the influx of investor capital are aerospace and defense, building materials, retail and health care.
While the report focuses on the United States and Europe, it notes that M&A has recently increased significantly in Australia, Japan, Indonesia, and China.
For information on the reports, go to www.standardandpoors.com.