PHILADELPHIA (May 2, 2012) — CMF Associates, a leading provider of financial, operational, and human capital solutions to private equity, middle-market, and small cap public companies, today released survey results based on conference attendance in the Spring of 2011 (ACG InterGrowth in San Diego) and Spring of 2012 (ACG InterGrowth in Dallas).
Based on funds surveyed in the Spring of 2011, we reported an average selling price at six times EBITDA, an average time between initial meeting to close of a deal from six to eight months, and average aggregate revenue growth of a portfolio as a whole ranging from 10-15%.
Based on the same survey conducted in the Spring of 2012, we found that the average selling price remained steady at six times EBITDA, while the average time between initial meeting to close of a deal shrank, averaging four to six months, and aggregate revenue growth of a portfolio as a whole decreased, ranging from 5-10%. While funds may have been slightly over-optimistic in early 2011, the survey results demonstrate a slow but steady middle-market.
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