Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap: Q4 2020
23 February 2021
Unquote is pleased to present the Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap, published in association with Clearwater International. The report identifies key themes driving European Private Equity (PE) deals’ EV/EBITDA multiples on a quarterly basis.
In this issue:
- European overview: A strong performance in the second half of the year meant that any drop-off in activity was not as pronounced as was first feared, with 2020 deal value and volume falling by just 5% and 6% year-on-year, respectively. At 11x, average multiples paid in PE-backed transactions across Europe reached a new high in the final quarter of the year.
- Spotlight on France: With a strong rebound in dealdoing after the Q2 2020 lockdown, the French PE market remains the busiest in Europe – and deal-hungry sponsors with deep pockets should ensure processes remain heated in the coming months.
- Consumer sector focus: As investors shift their focus on defensive assets, the consumer sector saw both a sharp increase in activity and a rise in average pricing as 2020 drew to a close.