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Berkery Noyes Research Shows 1st Half 2009 Private Equity in Information Merger & Acquisition Trends

Thursday, July 23, 2009

New York, July 23, 2009 – While private equity investors were responsible for only 15% fewer announced transactions during the first half of 2009 compared to the same period of last year, the aggregate value of those transactions plummeted by 80%, the likely cause being continued tightness in the credit markets. The data indicates that while PE buyers’ appetite for transactions remains healthy, limited access to leverage has significantly reduced the enterprise values of individual deals.

It should be noted however, that while enterprise value multiples appear to have declined dramatically in the 1st Half of 2009, this is largely attributable to sales of distressed properties taking an increased share of activity. Removing this class of transactions from the picture reveals considerably improved multiples, suggesting that sales of healthy companies continue to command healthy multiples.

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