ArkMalibu Mergers and Acquisitions Market Monitor – January 2019

January Market Monitor Now Available

ArkMalibu’s M&A Market Monitor’s are now available.

We expect the strong seller’s market to continue in 2019 in North America.

For the fifth consecutive year, over 19,000 transactions were closed in 2018 and at a very high average multiple of 11.3x trailing EBITDA. Strategic acquirers continued to dominate the activity but financial buyers represented roughly one-third of the deal count. Family offices are also flush with investable funds and keen to grow via acquisitions.

The fourth-quarter stock market downturn, the slowing global growth estimates and the uncertainty surrounding the global trade order have not meaningfully dampened buyside enthusiasm. The rapid healing that took place in January has relieved many markets including, in particular, the high yield bond and the IPO markets.

We expect the overarching theme of 2019 to revolve around market perceptions of volatility, recession probabilities and business cycle risks versus actual recession and business cycle risks.

What we are seeing in the global markets is a reversion to mean, sustainable trend levels and that while we are late in this business cycle, recession risk is well-contained in the U.S.

I invite you to access the M&A Market Monitor links below where you may download 18 detailed reports containing M&A trends. Please feel free to contact us at 513-583-5413 to discuss how the information presented in each report relates to your business and its own unique set of value drivers.

Our team at ArkMalibu is proud of our conflict-free business model, value-added processes, and M&A expertise which continues to deliver results that far exceed the expectations of our clients, the one-time seller. We would be delighted to listen to your story and help you and your company navigate the 2019 M&A market in achieving your goals.

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