Links’ List of Multiples and Buyers | JUNE 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, we observed an increase in valuation multiples across all deal sizes, following a decline in the fourth quarter of 2022.  This trend mirrors what is happening in the stock market.  When analyzing the data on completed transactions, we noticed that only a select portion of the market is experiencing gains (high quality transactions), similar to 7-10 companies driving the stock market gains.

Links’ List of Multiples and Buyers | MARCH 2023

In Q3 2022, equity contributions in M&A transactions amounted 54.3% of the total contribution in deals, but this dropped to 41.2% in Q4 2022 while debt increased from 45.7% to 58.8%.  Private equity investors are no longer paying up with equity contributions on transactions. This shift indicates that valuations have come down and are normalizing towards the mean after a period of elevated multiples.