While public markets appear to be headed to more choppiness this fall, private markets are just gearing up. We suspect the same worries bedeviling liquid markets are supporting M&A. As a seller, why not cash in your chips today, rather than risk a reduction in your after-tax proceeds tomorrow?
Financings are being issued at a faster clip than just a few months ago. And while terms have eased somewhat in favor of issuers compared to the first quarter, they’re still more investor-friendly than last year.
What factors will determine the direction of terms for the rest of the year? Well, for one thing: supply/demand. Mid caps are creatures of competition. The bigger the pipeline, the more choices investors have, so the more likely issuers will see push-back on terms…
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