Considering the mixed reports on the economic environment in the US and Europe, the second quarter of 2012 has realized stable middle-market M&A deal flow, while valuations have decreased slightly toward 2009 and 2010 levels. With $430 billion in uncommitted capital for private equity funds and large cash balances on corporate balance sheets, the M&A market remains competitive for quality operated companies. In addition, with nearly 6,300 companies in private equity portfolios, and equity firms feeling the pressure to exit longstanding investments, M&A activity is projected to increase throughout 2013 and beyond. Despite the lack of direction from equity and economic markets, the current M&A market remains favorable to sellers of strong performing companies as M&A remains the preferred method versus organic growth for corporate and financial buyers. Baker Tilly Capital continues to see high deal activity on both the buy-side and sell-side.