In a recent panel conversation hosted by AxialMarket, Steve Brown, Head of Corporate Development at Standex and Ramsey Goodrich, Managing Director at Carter Morse & Mathias, discussed the M&A market in 2012 and outlined some of their expectations.

Mr. Brown noted that Corporations will be looking to grow their top and bottom lines in 2012 – but not only by organic means, as we’ve seen the last few years. Brown believes that this year, Corporations will increasingly look for quality acquisitions to help drive this growth.

On the private equity side, Brown mentioned that pent-up deals might result in a flurry of activity this year. With multiples rising, private equity groups will be looking to sell businesses that they’ve been holding longer than intended. And with a significant amount of capital on the sidelines, investors will be looking for opportunities to deploy some of that capital.

According to Mr. Goodrich, a strong year can be expected in the M&A market from both owner-sellers and private equity sellers. Goodrich said that private equity groups typically jump in sooner than business owners, but he doesn’t expect the latter to be far behind.

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