The merger and acquisition market in the United States is off, according to the CEO of Madison Street Capital, Charles Botchway. Botchway recently told a reporter that the political uncertainty and tight credit along with a very low confidence level has made mergers and acquisition deals fall to the lowest level in eight years. Dealmakers like Botchway aren’t swayed by the typical issues that hold other merger and acquisition companies back. Madison Street Capital is still closing merger and acquisition deals in spite of the bad press and falling profit margins.
Madison Street Capital is a Chicago-based investment firm that focuses on small and medium-sized companies. COO Anthony Marsala works with clients that need corporate restructuring help as well as help getting their bottom line profits up to the yearly forecast. Madison Street Capital has offices in Asia and Africa as well as in North American, so the Madison Street Capital team has the connections to put foreign corporations together at any time.
Botchway thinks the second half of 2016 will be better than the first half of the year in terms of industry-wide mergers and acquisitions. Madison Street Capital’s business is still better than last year in spite of financing issues and a political three-ring circus that has executives wondering what will happen next. There were 330 middle-market merger and acquisition deals made in the first quarter of 2016 and Madison Street Capital was involved in a large percentage of those deals. That number of deals is the lowest number of mergers and acquisitions since 2009, according to Mr. Botchway. Botchway also said the total deal value in the first quarter of 2016 was $59.6 billion, and that number is less than the first quarter of 2015.
Anthony Marsala thinks many corporations were cutting slow-growth product lines, so they can focus on the products lines that produce the most profit. Marsala also thinks the second half of 2016 will be a good merger and acquisition period for Madison Street because the company has several deals in the works that could close by the end of the year.