February 26, 2020
In its just-released February report, GF Data turned to an oceanographic term to describe the state of the middle market, noting that all of the action is in the thermocline the layer in deep water subject to significant temperature change even when the surface temperature is changing hardly at all.
September 4, 2019
We are seeing valuations remain at unprecedented levels. But that does not mean every business is being valued as highly as it was a year ago. Some industries – auto parts, building products – have started to flag based on concerns about the economic cycle or trade policy. Others – health & wellness, direct-to-consumer – continue to find room to surge. What are the differentiators between the two groups? It isn’t just industry, but often sub-categories within industries getting different receptions from buyers and lenders.
May 28, 2019
As the current M&A cycle in the lower middle market marches onward, first-quarter 2019 data shows the continuation of a familiar pattern, where valuation multiples bounce off the ceiling set by leverage availability and willingness of sponsors to over-equitize transactions (or not), according to GF data’s recently published May report.
March 11, 2019
GF Data’s recently released year-end report (Easy A’s and Killer B’s) theorized that a value environment remaining steady at unprecedentedly high levels is actually more complex than the surface suggests – that there are competing cross-currents beneath the unchanging water line. We thought it would be interesting to see how this theory holds up.