M&A Quarterly - June 2017

June 15, 2017|Ann Hanna, Corey Vanderpoel

Market Summary

  • Q1 2017 averaged 6.7x TTM Adjusted EBITDA based on 53 reported deals completed, down from 6.9x for 2016 but in line with both 2014 and 2015. Deal activity is up slightly from 49 in Q1 2016 but in line with Q4 2016, a change in a fairly consistent trend that typically sees a 25% drop from Q4 to Q1 of the following year.
  • Transaction debt levels during Q1 2017 were 3.9x, up from 3.6x in Q4 2016 and the historical level of 3.6x, but down slightly from an overall transaction debt level of 4.0x during both 2015 and 2016 potentially signaling a tightening in the mezzanine market since senior debt multiples have steadily increased during this time.
  • The spread on size premiums for larger-sized deals between $50 million and $250 million compared to deals between $10 million to $50 million was 1.2x for Q1 2017, down substantially from 2.1x in 2015 and 2.2x in 2016 and also down from the historic level of 1.6x.
  • Buyers continued to reward businesses with premiums for above-average financials (TTM revenue growth and EBITDA margins above 10%, or one above 12% and the other 8%) in Q1 2017. Buyouts averaged 7.5x versus 5.7x for all others, a 30% premium and almost more than triple the historical spread of 8%.
  • In Q1 of 2017, add-ons into the premium position with valuations of 6.7x versus 6.6x for platforms, a change from 2016 when add-ons trailed platform valuations 6.3x to 7.0x.
  • Senior Debt/EBITDA multiples across all industries in Q1 2017 were 3.1x, in line with 2016, up modestly from 3.0x in 2015 and up from a historical average of 2.6x.

What’s New at Schenck M&A Solutions

  • May – Corey Vanderpoel selected to the 2017 40 Under Forty recognition program by National Association of Certified Valuators and Analyst® (NACVA®) and the Consultants’ Training Institute® (CTI®)
  • May – Presented “Simple and Common Sense Rules for Successful M&A Transactions” at the BizExpo
  • May – Initiated marketing efforts on behalf of a direct marketing solutions company
  • May – Engaged by medical and dental equipment and supplies company to advise on potential sale
  • April – Co-sponsored BizTimes M&A Forum, “All the Right Moves,” and the TEC Inspirational Leadership Conference
  • April – Engaged by a client in the trucking and logistics industry looking to grow via acquisition

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