The folks at GF Data Resources have released their quarterly report analyzing deals valued between $10M and $250M. Overall the firms they contacted reported 23 such transactions fitting their criteria, up from 14 in the first quarter. However that total of 37 for the first half of 2008 is off from 65 in the first half of 2007, and 48 in the second half of last year.
The report shows a drop in average valuation multiples from 6.3x to 5.7x which is evident by the debt to EBITDA ratio declining from 4.0x in the first half of 2007 to an average of 3.5x since then. Equity is now taking up a greater share of capital coming in at 41.6% compared with 39.3% a year ago (which is actually not as big a bump as I had anticipated reading). Additionally, there’s proof that the oft spoken of “Flight to Quality” is actually happening.