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KPMG Report Finds Global M&A Desire on the Rise

US Businesses Have More Potential to Fund Deals, Firm Says

KPMG International analysts foresee an increase in the willingness of the world's top 1,000 businesses to initiate merger and acquisition deals and their capacity to finance M&A transactions.

The Global M&A Predictor report offers activity forecasts based on 12-month price to earnings ratios and net debt to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, KPMG says.

“The improving U.S. market and the positive growth forecasts for leading companies in the U.S. are boosting investor confidence worldwide,” said Phil Isom, U.S. head of KPMG Corporate Finance LLC.

According to the report, U.S.-based companies will be more capable of funding M&A transactions than their global counterparts in the coming months.

KPMG sees a strong potential for deal activity in the North American healthcare, technology, energy and consumer discretionary goods sectors.

Isom added these segments are "shifting to a business model focused on growth, reflecting pent up demand for those companies that were hesitant to make inorganic investments during the economic downturn.”

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