Market conditions for mergers and acquisitions remain very active within the insurance distribution sector. All indications are that these tendencies should continue for the foreseeable future, as aggressive private equity-backed buyers continue to drive the market. It is also no secret that these trends are, in turn, driving up overall agency valuations. Our sources for potential opportunities for prospective agency buyers come through our in-house and external research groups, custom built outreach programs and direct contact by sellers. Our pipeline is supplemented by our large network of sell-side business brokers, industry consultants, attorneys, our lending underwriters and broken financing deals. The listings highlighted here are a small sample of some of the new independents discovered through our research during the last 30 days.