In a survey among M&A professionals from U.S. corporations, private equity firms and investment banks in 2016, respondents were asked to forecast; Which industries do you think will be the most active in M&A in 2016? The responses ranked the media/telecoms industry in fourth place with a 42 percent share of respondents. In first and second places were the technology, pharmaceutical/biotechology industries, with the number of respondents believing that they would be the most active in the year ahead amounting to 70 and 60 percent respectively.
In the same survey, respondents were asked about the main reasons behind acquisitions planned in the U.S. for 2016 in order to determine what motivates the practice. It was revealed that 25 percent of respondents stated that opportunity of a target becoming available was the primary factor in planning a merger whilst a further 36 percent of respondents stated there reason was in order to expand the geographic reach of their company.