Magazine article HRMagazine

More Mergers on the Horizon

Magazine article HRMagazine

More Mergers on the Horizon

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The proposed merger of Comcast and Time-Warner announced earlier this year appears to be the first of many mergers and acquisitions (M&As) that analysts are predicting for 2014.

In a KPMG survey of more than 1,000 M&A professionals:

* 63 percent believed that their U.S. companies or clients would initiate at least one acquisition this year.

* 36 percent said their companies would complete a divestiture.

* Almost 75 percent of 145 C-level executives expected that their companies would make an acquisition this year compared with half last year.

"Economic fundamentals that drive M&A activity remain strong," says Steve Miller, who leads integration and separation for KPMG's Transactions & Restructuring group. "Companies have a good bit of cash on hand ... and we're seeing some additional access to credit, which increases their buying power."

The industries expected to have the highest number of M&As are technology, media and telecommunications; health care, pharmaceuticals and life sciences; financial services; and energy, according to the survey, which was conducted in September 2013. …

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