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Asia Pacific forecast to lead global M&A growth in 1H 2018: Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor
APAC M&A announcements predicted to increase by 14% year-over-year

SINGAPORE, Feb 15, 2018 - (Media OutReach) - The number of announced M&A deals in Asia Pacific ("APAC") in 1H 2018 is predicted to increase by around 14 percent year-over-year (YOY), with a range between 7 percent and 21 percent. This is based on data from the latest Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor, an indicator of future mergers and acquisitions (M&A) announcements with a proven track record for accuracy.

Over the next six months, the strongest growth in APAC deal announcements is predicted to come from the Energy & Power, Industrials and Materials sectors in North Asia (China, Hong Kong and South Korea), India, Southeast Asia and Australia. All APAC regions, except Japan, saw double-digit increases in their volumes of early-stage M&A activity in Q4 2017. For most of the APAC region, strengthening global economic demand and supportive fiscal and monetary policy actions are driving vigorous economic growth and increasing dealmaking confidence.

Worldwide, the number of announced M&A deals in 1H 2018 is expected to increase by up to 10 percent YOY compared to 1H 2017. Over the next six months, the strongest growth in worldwide deal announcements is predicted to come from the Consumer & Retail, Industrials and Healthcare sectors.

"Despite recent volatility in financial markets, the dealmaking environment continues to be supported by a strong pickup in global economic growth, low inflation, low interest rates and a plentiful supply of corporate and private equity bidders", said Philip Whitchelo, Intralinks' Vice President for Strategic Business Development. "The recent correction in equity markets may also result in valuations of M&A targets becoming more attractive", he added.

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor forecasts the number of future M&A deal announcements by tracking early-stage M&A activity - new sell side M&A transactions across the world that are in preparation or have reached the due diligence stage. These early-stage deals are, on average, six months away from their public announcement.

About the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor has been independently verified as an accurate predictor of future changes in the number of worldwide announced M&A transactions, as reported by M&A data providers such as Thomson Reuters.

The Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor provides Intralinks' perspective on the level of early-stage M&A activity taking place worldwide during any given period. The statistics contained in this report reflect the volume of virtual data rooms (VDRs) opened, or proposed to be opened, through Intralinks and other providers for conducting due diligence on proposed transactions, including asset sales, divestitures, equity private placements, financings, capital raises, joint ventures, alliances and partnerships. These statistics are not adjusted for changes in Intralinks' share of the VDR market or changes in market demand for VDR services. These statistics may not correlate to the volume of completed transactions reported by market data providers and should not be construed to represent the volume of transactions that will ultimately be consummated during any period nor of the revenue or M&A deal volume that Intralinks may generate for any financial period. Indications of future completed deal activity derived from the Intralinks Deal Flow Predictor are based on assumed rates of deals going from due diligence stage to completion. In addition, the statistics provided by market data providers regarding announced M&A transactions may be compiled with a different set of transaction types than those set forth above.

THIS PRESS RELEASE AND THE INTRALINKS DEAL FLOW PREDICTOR (COLLECTIVELY THE "MATERIALS") ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. INTRALINKS MAKES NO GUARANTEE, REPRESENTATION OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND REGARDING THE TIMELINESS, ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT OF THE MATERIALS. THESE MATERIALS ARE BASED ON INTRALINKS' OBSERVATIONS AND SUBJECTIVE INTERPRETATIONS OF DUE DILIGENCE ACTIVITY TAKING PLACE, OR PROPOSED TO TAKE PLACE, ON INTRALINKS' OR OTHER PROVIDERS' VDR PLATFORMS FOR A LIMITED SET OF TRANSACTION TYPES. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE AN INDICATOR OF INTRALINKS' BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OR OPERATING RESULTS FOR ANY PRIOR, CURRENT OR FUTURE PERIOD, NOR ARE THESE MATERIALS INTENDED TO PROMISE, GUARANTEE OR ASSURE FUTURE LEVELS OF COMPLETED DEAL ACTIVITY. THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY INVESTMENT ADVICE OR SOLICIT INVESTMENTS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER.

THE INTRALINKS DEAL FLOW PREDICTOR MAY BE USED SOLELY FOR PERSONAL, NON-COMMERCIAL USE. THE CONTENTS OF THE INTRALINKS DEAL FLOW PREDICTOR MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED, DISTRIBUTED OR PUBLISHED WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN PERMISSION OF INTRALINKS. FOR PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH INTRALINKS DEAL FLOW PREDICTOR CONTENT, PLEASE CONTACT info@intralinks.com.

About Intralinks

Intralinks is a leading financial technology provider for the global banking, dealmaking and capital markets communities. As pioneers of the virtual data room, our technology enables and secures the flow of information, empowering our customers to work more productively and with complete confidence. Intralinks facilitates strategic initiatives such as mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and investor reporting. Our solutions enhance these activities by streamlining operations, reducing risk, improving client experiences and increasing visibility. We've earned the trust and business of more than 99 percent of the Fortune 1000 and have executed over $34.7 trillion worth of financial transactions on our platform. For more information, visit www.intralinks.com

Forward Looking Statements

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are express or implied statements that are not based on historical information and include, among other things, statements concerning Intralinks' plans, intentions, expectations, projections, hopes, beliefs, objectives, goals and strategies. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control and could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the results or commitments expressed, projected or implied by any forward-looking statements will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date hereof. As such, Intralinks undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.

Media Contact
Keith Pereira, IN.FOM
On behalf of Intralinks
Email: keith@infom.asia
Phone: +65 6440 0122
Mobile: +65 9892 0200


Feb 15, 2018 17:00 HKT/SGT
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