PHILADELPHIA (May 8, 2013) – Today, CMF Associates – a leading provider of financial, operational, and human capital solutions to private equity, middle-market, and small cap public companies – released results based on surveying private equity executives at the ACG Intergrowth conference in Orlando this April compared with the results from similar surveys in the spring of 2012 and 2011.
Based on the comparison of these three surveys, we see that purchase multiples are consistent for middle market companies across the 2011-2013 time period. We also found that deals are closing more quickly in 2013 compared to 2011 with the peak time from first meeting with management to deal close decreasing from six to eight months in 2011 to four to six months in 2013. Lastly, while deals are closing more quickly, we have also learned that the private equity executives are less optimistic about revenue growth in the next 12 months within existing portfolios with a peak projected revenue growth of 10- 15% in 2011 compared to 5-10% projected revenue growth this year.
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