Why Valuations Matter (Fourth of a Series)

“Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.” –Voltaire

The story of value is the story of private equity. How these firms have grown businesses and sold them for superior shareholder returns is about value creation. The paths to creating value and achieving these returns differ for each sponsor.

As we discussed last week, one of the key strategies for better valuations, in the current environment of high purchase price multiples, is the “buy-and-build.” Incremental add-ons at lower multiples help reduce the effective multiple at exit...

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Quote of the Week

“I don’t think inflation is running away from us.” – Robert Kaplan, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Featuring Charts

Chart of the Week: Buy-and-Building

April 22, 2019

Since the credit crisis private equity sponsors have quickened the pace and number of add-on acquisitions.

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Chart of the Week: Shift to the Right

April 15, 2019

The number of buyouts with purchase price multiples over 10x has increased markedly since 2013.

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Chart of the Week: Lofty Pursuits

April 9, 2019

Purchase price multiples eased last year, though still sustained at near record levels.

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Chart of the Week: Upping the Ante

April 4, 2019

The cost of buying companies has risen for private equity sponsors as a multiple of ebitda since the credit crisis.

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Chart of the Week: Leverage Redux

March 28, 2019

After peaking in 2017 at close to 50%, equity share of capital in the middle market has declined to less than 35%.

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Chart of the Week: Bank Shot

March 20, 2019

Mergers, consolidations, and regulation all share responsibility for the flight of leveraged loans to the non-bank sector.

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