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In 3Q19, overall Middle Market M&A activity increased, but total deal value declined.
3Q19 Middle Market M&A multiples remained elevated in the U.S. at 7.4x EV/EBITDA, as low borrowing costs allowed for larger deals to be completed. Read more
In 2Q 2019, overall middle market M&A activity continued at a slower clip compared to 2018’s record breaking pace.
Despite slightly depressed deal volume, Middle Market M&A multiples remained elevated in North America at 7.6x EV/EBITDA, as low costs allowed for larger deals to be completed.
In Q1 2019, U.S. equity markets rebounded, increasing almost 14% as fears that drove down markets in Q4 2018 and warned of a slowdown, were eased
The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady amid continued inflation rates below 2%. The European Central Bank (“ECB”) also announced a delay in rate hikes.
Despite a pullback in public markets at the end of Q4, M&A activity remained strong in 2018, finishing the year with the second-highest total deal value on record.
The average EV / EBITDA multiple across North America and Europe rose to 7.2x driven by increased competition and an abundance of undeployed capital.