This issue shows that:
- Global appetite for deals is still fragile as confidence wavers
- Global capacity to transact is expected to rise 13 percent over the next year
- Japan and the U.S. are among the top performers in both appetite and capacity for deal-making
- Healthcare, consumer discretionary and industrial sectors show highest confidence year-on-year.
The rise or fall of forward P/E (price/earnings) ratios offers a good guide to the overall market confidence, while net debt to EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) ratios help gauge the capacity of companies to fund future acquisitions.
The Predictor covers the world by sector and region. It is produced twice a year, using data comprising 1,000 of the largest companies in the world by market capitalization