Value of U.S. PE M&A Soars, but Volume Plummets

Luisa Beltran, PE Hub | October 6th, 2015 | http://www.middlemarketgrowth.org

The total disclosed value of U.S. announced private equity mergers skyrocketed more than 61 percent in third quarter, but the number of deals dropped about 20 percent, according to data from Thomson Reuters.

The third quarter saw 238 U.S. announced PE mergers as of September 30, valued at $41.2 billion. This compares to 296 transactions in Q3 2014 totaling $25.5 billion, Thomson Reuters said.

Several large deals bumped up valuations, said Matt Toole, a director of deals intelligence at Thomson Reuters. There were four deals over $5 billion during third quarter, but “there were no deals over $5 billion in the third quarter of last year,” Toole said.

The flow of U.S. private equity M&A remained tepid this year. Year-to-date, there were 737 U.S. announced private equity deals, valued at $75.28 billion. This is down from 787 PE mergers totaling $86.46 billion for the same time period in 2014, Thomson Reuters said …

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