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July 06, 2022 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Why Inflation Feels Higher Than Reported

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) for May 2022 showed 8.6% inflation over May 2021. But when we go shopping, buy groceries, and fill up the gas tank, it feels like more than the reported value… because it is.

I recently posted an analysis on the underlying CPI data on my personal blog. Someone suggested the PrivateEquityInfo.com audience would also appreciate the content and insights. Consequently, here’s a link to my CPI analysis from my personal blog…

WHY INFLATION FEELS LIKE IT’S MORE THAN REPORTED

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 28, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

CARES Act Summary

I started reading the CARES Act and making some notes along the way. 880 pages later, I realized I had accidentally created a 175-point list of where exactly the $2.2 trillion is going.

I don’t normally link to my personal blog, but many of our readers at Private Equity Info will likely have an interest in my comprehensive summary of the CARES Act.

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.

January 10, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Tariffs, Debt, Social Security and The Fed

I recently wrote some thoughts on the economy on my personal blog:

Economic Thoughts on Tariffs, Debt, Social Security and The Fed

I thought our audience here at PrivateEquityInfo.com would be interested as well.

QUICK SUMMARY

  1. Tariffs on Chinese goods could trigger an increase in interest rates for U.S. Treasuries (potentially inflation and a recession).
  2. The U.S. Debt load has garnered near unstoppable negative momentum and would be compounded by an increase in interest rates.
  3. Social Security concludes its final surplus year in 2019, applying further interest rate pressure on U.S. Treasuries.
  4. The Federal Reserve has considerably less maneuverability compared to 2008.
August 28, 2019 2 Comments Author: Andy Jones

Managed IT & Cloud Services

The cloud infrastructure is having a profound effect on technology, from storage to bandwidth to scale to price.

In recent years, massive technological platforms (servers) have been made available to large and small customers alike. It is, in fact, one of the most impactful advancements in technology in recent years. Due to the massive scale of these cloud computing platforms offered by Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure) and others, near infinite computational power is offered at a fraction of the price compared to just a decade earlier. Consequently, many applications that could not have previously existed (due to limited processing speed or scalable bandwidth requirements) may now exist economically.

August 13, 2019 1 Comment Author: Andy Jones

Growth in Private Equity Firms Over Time

The private equity sector has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years, in absolute number of private equity firms, in the funds committed to the sector, in the number of executives working in the industry and in the number of portfolio companies acquired.

In fact, private equity investments have become so prolific, that few industry sectors (if any) remain untouched by private equity. Ten years ago, many business owners, especially in the mid-market, were unfamiliar with private equity. Yet, today, most businesses have interacted with private equity in some fashion, either through an acquisition, growth capital injection, introductory meetings & preliminary conversations, or, at the very least, some form of marketing outreach.

Growth in Private Equity Firms

The graph below shows the trend in the number of PE firms over the past 5 ½ years, from our M&A Research Database at www.PrivateEquityInfo.com.

Because there are some caveats (discussed below) that play into the exact quantity of firms shown, this graph is best viewed as indicative of the overall trend in private equity over time. Clearly, the trend is one of growth. In fact, ~12% compound annual growth over 5.5 years.

June 20, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Firm Size

When we think of private equity, most of us tend to think of largest firms, like Carlyle, Bain, Warburg Pincus, Advent International, KKR, HarbourVest Partners, General Atlantic, H.I.G. Capital, Blackstone in the U.S. Or, perhaps we think about some of the largest firms outside the U.S. – EQT Partners, CVC Capital Partners, Hg Capital and Bridgepoint. These are all big names and very successful firms within the private equity industry.

However, what most people do not realize is that these firms are in the minority. They capture a lot of the news headlines and the media spotlight precisely because they are large. But the reality is, most private equity firms are quite small.

April 09, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Investment Banks Firm Size

While we often think about investment banks being large-scale entities, the truth is, most investment banks are quite small.

Pulling the number of deal makers per firm from our M&A Research database at Private Equity Info, I found the median investment bank has only four deal makers. Said another way, half of the investment banking firms have 4 or fewer deal makers.

Further, 90% of the investment banks have 12 or fewer deal makers.

The histogram below shows the breakdown.

Investment Banks Deal Makers per Firm