2011 private M&A stats

Some interesting deal stats, compiled by BDO: 2,071 private company acquisitions were made in the UK in 2011, up 7% on 2010.  83% were trade deals, 17% private equity.

Price/earnings multiples paid by trade buyers for private companies averaged 10.6x, down from 11.7x.  Private equity buyers paid 12.8x, up from 12.2x.

Source:  Corporate Financier, March 2012

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