GMO Q2 Letter: Jeremy Grantham Says Bigger M&A Frenzy Coming ~ market folly

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

GMO Q2 Letter: Jeremy Grantham Says Bigger M&A Frenzy Coming

Jeremy Grantham is out with GMO's Q2 letter.  In it, Grantham talks about how he sees a frenzy in mergers and acquisitions coming (on top of the already large number we've seen).

He writes,

"If I were a potential deal maker I would be licking my lips at an economy that seems to have enough slack to keep going for a few years.  Also, individuals and institutions did feel chastened by the crash of 2009 and many are just now picking up their courage.  And as they look around they see dismayingly little in the way of attractive investments or yields.  So, the returns promised from deal making are likely to appear, relatively at least, exceptional.  I think it is likely (better than 50/50) that all previous deal records will be broken in the next year or two.  This of course will help push the market up to true bubble levels, where it will once again become very dangerous indeed."

Grantham feels the M&A boom will continue mainly due to low interest rates, but also because the economy has the 'early-cycle look' that could see a few more years of recovery.  Profit margins are higher this time around and there is room for increased capital spending as well.

All of these things combined create the perfect storm for "a veritable explosion, to levels never seen before."

Embedded below is GMO's Q2 letter:

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