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If you thought M&A wouldn't fit your growth budget, you haven't seen today's prices.

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This story appears in the September 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

An Association of Corporate Growth International (ACGI) study shows that 54 percent of the group's members believe M&A activity will continue its downward trend through the rest of 2001. Investment banks are citing fewer M&A deals as a reason for lowered earnings. So why are experts like ACGI president-elect John Gullman claiming M&A is alive and well?

Because valuations are so low-especially in the technology sector-that bargains abound. William Weisberg, counsel to growing businesses at the Reston, Virginia, offices of Mintz Levin, says firms worth 20 to 30 percent less than their peak are still robust compared to the rest of the market.

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