What’s It Worth, Spring 2020

During the first quarter of 2020, buyers and sellers experienced at least two strong months of deal volume before COVID-19 dramatically slowed down M&A activity in March. Investors’ views of certain industries and sectors have changed significantly since January, and they will continue to change and develop until we have a better understanding of the impact of COVID-19 on short-term and long-term growth. Sitting here in June, we see an active market of buyers looking for businesses that they can understand and in situations where the buyer can accurately calibrate risk.

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Our valuation review explores recent valuation trends in the public and private markets, directed to small and middle market business owners and the professionals and financial institutions that serve them. The review is designed to provide realistic guidance on the question “What’s it Worth?,” keeping in mind that proper preparation for real world transactions requires analysis of specific situations based on up-to-date data.