Plastics industry M&A activity reached new heights during the first half of 2016 with a 19% increase year over year (YOY) as compared to the first half of 2015. A quarterly comparison from 2Q15 to 2Q16 saw a 32% increase. In addition, the 117 transactions during the second quarter of 2016 surpassed the previous high, which was recorded during the first quarter of 2016. Strong activity is expected for the remainder of 2016, with favorable credit markets, ample equity capital, solid macroeconomic trends, strong financial performance in many sectors, and continued high valuation levels.
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