A recent survey conducted by CMF Associates at the Association for Corporate Growth’s InterGrowth conference revealed some interesting private equity trends compared to findings from the past three years. Some of the key takeaways include:

  • Purchase multiples are averaging less this year than last year, but are still higher than in 2012 and 2013.
  • Many groups are spending less time in auction processes and are leveraging their networks to find less broadly marketed opportunities.
  • The timing on the total length of deal processes is more evenly distributed than in prior years, with the average at six to eight months. Overall, it’s trending longer than in past years.
  • Most respondents are optimistic about revenue growth, with 40% indicating a range of 10-15% increase in revenue over the prior year.

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To read the CMF’s full survey results, please click here.