Deal activity up, to be fuelled by debt

The number of Australian companies planning to use debt to finance mergers and acquisitions has more than doubled in the past 12 months.

The number of Australian companies planning to use debt to finance mergers and acquisitions has more than doubled in the past 12 months, signalling a likely increase in deals over the coming year, according to a new report by Ernst & Young.

The firm’s Capital Confidence Barometer, due to be released today, also shows that confidence in the outlook for corporate earnings has increased and the number of companies confident about the economic outlook has reached a five-year high.

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