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Q1 2016

De Bellas & Co. reports 38 staffing and staffing-related businesses were sold or merged in the first quarter of 2016. This is compared with 34 transactions in Q4 of 2015 and 33 transactions in Q1 of 2015. 

Private strategic acquirers accounted for almost 80% of the completed transactions in Q1. IT Services was the most active segment with 12 reported transactions, followed by healthcare staffing with 5 transactions. Although commercial staffing transactions are down compared to previous quarters, there is still significant interest in commercial staffing on the part of buyers. 

Buyers were well dispersed during the quarter with 36 buyers accounting for 38 transactions. The low ratio of buyers to transactions is a positive sign which indicates there are a large number of unique buyers seeking acquisitions. The staffing related acquisition targets for this period consisted of firms operating in the outsourcing, software and consulting fields. 

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