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April 01, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

M&A Market Pulse Survey Results

We surveyed private equity firms, investment banks and mezzanine lenders to get a pulse on the overall market sentiment surrounding M&A. We wanted to solicit the wisdom-of-the-crowd to report on current conditions and to capture what industry participants collectively think about likely future outcomes.

300 M&A professionals representing 267 unique firms completed the survey that was open for 24 hours – 78% from M&A investment banks and 10% from private equity firms.

March 23, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Firms with Good Timing

In a previous data study titled “Smart, Contrarian Private Equity Firms”, I wrote about private equity firms with prescient timing during the last recession… those that exited at the peak, just before the last recession, and those PE firms that acquired new portfolio companies at the lower valuations of 2009-2010.

Today, we’ll look at private equity firms that exited portfolio companies in January and February (and a few in the first part of March) of 2020, just prior to the onslaught of the Coronavirus. Here are those firms:

February 24, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Data Analytics Companies

Data centric companies have become one of the most favored sectors for private equity investors in recent years. This trend started gaining momentum in 2011. Although private equity began exploring data analytics companies as an investment thesis in 2007 and 2008, the recession of 2009 – 2010 halted most PE investments across all sectors during this time.

The increased focus on data analytics companies is largely fueled by the adoption of predictive analytics (initially), and subsequently by machine learning and the rise in artificial intelligence. These applications require data (preferably good data) as the atomic input unit from which to learn. Input data informs machine learning much the same way our five senses input data into our brain, from which we derive patterns and develop predictive skills.

Data-as-a-product resonates with private equity investment preferences precisely because it is scalable, potentially quite profitable and not capital intensive (relative to scalability).

Private Equity Platform Investments in Data Analytics Companies

February 21, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investments in Physical Therapy Companies

Private equity firms have made a number of investments in companies offering physical therapy services, including: general rehabilitation services, occupational therapy, sports injury recovery, orthopedic rehabilitation and pediatric therapy. Our Private Equity Database currently tracks 43 U.S. based physical therapy companies held by private equity firms.

February 15, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Security Companies

The security industry overall has attracted significant attention from private equity investors in recent years. Private equity investments into security-related companies ranges from cybersecurity, home security, national security, private security, to security screening of goods crossing borders.

Our private equity database currently tracks 719 current platform portfolio companies with some element of security to their product or service offering. 73 of these investments were made in the last 12 months alone.

February 08, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Gluten-Free Companies

Gluten-free food has been a significant trend for the past decade, especially the last few years. Consequently, select private equity firms have made investments in companies that offer an assortment of gluten-free food.

Our research database shows 52 investments in gluten-free brands (collectively held by 42 unique private equity firms). Of these, 36 are current holdings, 16 prior investments. 2017 had the most investments of any year thus far with 9 gluten-free portfolio investments. By comparison, there were 6 in 2018 and 3 in 2019.