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A Shift in Deal-Making

The prognosis for the distribution M&A market was mixed in the recent MDM Webcast Distribution M&A 2008 Update: Redefined Value in a Tough Market."Three industry experts spoke on concerns of the credit crunch, valuation drops, a strained economy and inflation in relation to prospects for distribution mergers and acquisitions in the next couple years. Here's a summary of the two-hour event.
 
Deal activity has fallen significantly from the boom years of 2005 and 2006, but the market has not yet fallen off a cliff. Still, companies are less willing to take a risk in the current market unless the acquisition target is top-notch and hitting its numbers, says Jon Skelly of PCE Investment Bankers.
 
"Distribution M&A activity has fallen dramatically from the record ...

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