Multiples Heatmap Analysis 2017 Annual Review

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  • Private equity activity surges in 2017

    Private Equity deal volume across Europe has continued to grow, reaching its highest level in four years. The number of platform investments made by financial sponsors has seen an annual increase of 29%.

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  • 2017: Average multiples by sector by region

    Overall multiple growth in 2017 was largely driven by the Industrials and Chemicals sector. The combination of high proportion of total European deals (26%) and significant growth in average price (9.4x in 2016 to 10.2x in 2017) raised the European average.

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  • 2017: Quarterly average multiples by region

    The CEE region has seen its highest priced quarter yet in Q4 2017. This was mainly driven by a high multiple deal in the Industrials and Chemicals sector.

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  • 2017: Quarterly average multiples by sector

    TMT sector continues to be the hottest in Europe, despite seeing a drop in multiples to only 10.3x in Q4 2017 following steadily increasing prices through the first three quarters of the year.

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  • 2017: Quarterly average multiples by deal size

    In general, as in 2016 and as expected, larger transactions have seen higher average multiples in 2017 than smaller transactions.

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