Once again, the Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap reveals that average entry multiples broke new records in Q3, on the back of a still-buoyant M&A market.
Deal-makers shrugged off concerns about inflation, supply chain constraints and rising Covid-19 cases to propel European PE activity to near-record highs.
Looking solely at deals announced in Q3, the average multiple paid in PE-backed deals jumped to 12.4x, versus 11.8x in Q2.
To help us round up the main highlights of the report, Unquote editor Greg Gille spoke to Marcus Archer, managing partner and head of private equity at Clearwater International, while Unquote reporter Harriet Matthews interviewed David Cannon, managing director of KeyBanc Capital Markets, to discuss how US buyers have been fuelling Europe's red-hot M&A. If that wasn't enough, Clearwater partners Per Surland and Nathaniel Cooper spoke to us to share their thoughts on pricing trends for TMT assets.
0:00 – Intro
3:00 – Marcus Archer on macro trends
12:41 – David Cannon on US investors in Europe
19:00 – Per Surland and Nathaniel Cooper on TMT
Click here to download the Q3 Multiples Heatmap report, including detailed breakdowns of pricing and activity trends for Q3 2021 and quarterly pricing movements across the past six quarters.
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