Category Archives: Opinion

Value This, Analyze That

by Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data GF Data just released a lively 2012 year-end report based on our collection of valuation, leverage and key deal term data from private equity firms completing deals in the $10 million to $250 million … Continue reading

Third Quarter Private Equity Valuation Multiples Markedly Higher

by Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data : published PEP Digest — Third-quarter middle-market private equity deal multiples indicate buyers are willing to pay a premium for still-scarce quality businesses, according to GF Data’s third-quarter report. “For the past quarter, buyers … Continue reading

Valuation Gap Surging in Middle Market

by Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data : published PEP Digest — GF Data’s Second Quarter 2011 Report reveals that the size premium – the reward in valuation for larger businesses over smaller similar ones – is now the defining dynamic … Continue reading

Key Deal Points: Beyond Comparison?

by Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data : published PEP Digest — About three years ago, GF Data began asking private equity contributors to provide information on key deal terms other than price, in addition to the valuation and leverage data … Continue reading

IRR: Still the One?

By Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data As GF Data collects data from 150-plus middle market private equity firms, we hear more and more about the downward pressure being exerted on internal rates of return, and measures being taken by PE … Continue reading

Trough love?

By Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data — The GF Data third quarter report on middle-market deal activity, which was released the week before Thanksgiving, had an interesting “story behind the story.”

Scarce Capital for Middle-Market America – Nightmare on Main Street?

By Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data — There was an interesting article in our hometown newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, last week on the credit environment as portrayed in earnings reports from local banks.  It framed the serious challenges we are … Continue reading

Smooth sailing

By Andy Greenberg, CEO GF Data — As GF Data makes the rounds of ACG events and other professional conferences, we get to have the “what are you seeing” conversation in a lot of settings. Based on this scuttlebutt and … Continue reading