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Overheard at ACG InterGrowth 2017

Overheard at ACG InterGrowth 2017

CMF was in Las Vegas last week at the National M&A Conference for Middle-Market Private Equity, sponsored by ACG and attended by over 1,900 private equity, finance & accounting, and legal professionals. The mood at the conference was upbeat and there remains plenty of equity and debt available for transactions.

Themes heard at the conference are consistent with what we have been hearing for some time and include the following:

  • Difficulty finding good companies appropriately priced
  • Active harvesting of the portfolio
  • Turnover at CFO position
  • Carve outs!
  • Maturation of the FP&A function

CMF surveyed private equity executives and found that, based on recent activity, a majority of deals are taking 4-6 months to close from first meeting to signing, deals are averaging 8x EBITDA multiples, and comparative organic sales growth at the existing portfolio as a whole 2017 over 2016 is expected to increase 5-10%. Happy hunting for the balance of 2017!

See survey results for the last four years below:

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