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Hot merger market expected in 2019

Many business owners in Texas are looking to expand their enterprises and their profits through mergers and acquisitions with other companies. In the third quarter of 2018, domestic mergers and acquisitions increased by over 30 percent. These transactions reached a total of $1.67 trillion throughout the year, the highest recorded value on record. Some financial experts expect that 2019 could see even more activity for business transactions.

Some noted that there is a high level of available liquidity, giving businesses access to the capital that they need to buy another company. While firms may use extra capital to repurchase shares or pay down debt, many find more opportunities for growth through pursuing acquisitions. Tax laws have changed to benefit corporations, another factor leading some companies to merge with other firms. While rising interest rates could affect some enthusiasm for buying another business, especially when financing is involved, experts expect to see continued high interest in acquisitions.

In addition, the majority of privately held firms across the country are owned by Baby Boomers, a generation that has expressed interest in transitioning corporate ownership. One survey indicated that around 30 percent of Boomer business owners plan to transition their companies within the coming five years. These plans could make owners more amenable to offers from investment banks, equity firms or other potential buyers. Interest is especially high for companies that are part of growing sectors of the economy like technology or healthcare. These industries are expected to see a larger number of transactions as disruption and consolidation continue.

Businesses that are considering new pathways to growth or a strong conclusion to independent work may find a solution in mergers and acquisitions. A business law attorney might be able to advise companies and their owners about the steps that they can take to protect their interests and complete a profitable transaction.

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