Q2 2013 Private Equity Industry Trends

August 13, 2013 12:17 by Clayton Reeves in Capital Markets, Healthcare, M&A, Private Equity  //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (0)

McGladrey and PitchBook have reported private equity activity broken down into four sectors: business products & services, consumer products, health care and information technology.

B2B: This industry continued to slow down in Q2 2013, with only 95 PE deals completed, totaling $11.0 billion. To put this into perspective, these are some of the lowest numbers in the last decade.

Consumer Products: Continuing the trend from B2B, consumer products also slowed to the pace of frozen molasses, with PE completing just 64 deals during Q2.  Again, for perspective, this is the lowest quarterly total in more than a decade. Like other parts of the M&A market, the dollar amount ($31.2 billion) doesn't look too bad until you take out the megadeal for Heinz ($23.2 billion).

Health Care: In an industry that has been expected to provide high deal flow, health care failed to live up to the hype.  PE managed only $4.1 billion of investment across 37 transactions. This proved to be the slowest quarter for deal flow since Q3 2009.

Information Technology: Breaking the negative trend in PE activity, IT saw an increase in deals from Q1. Private equity invested $12.5 billion across 65 deals in Q2, which is similar to quarterly activity for the last couple years.

So, what do these trends indicate for the broader M&A market?  It means that while PE still has considerable dry powder, this remains a seller's market.  Quality companies with earnings growth are hard to find, and when they decide to sell they are able to demand a high multiple.  So far, buyers have been patient, but eventually someone will have to flinch.  Either sellers will need to lower price expectations, or buyers will need to increase their price expectations for high quality targets.  If this doesn't happen, expect continued sluggishness.

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