M&A Insights – Mark Young, Managing Partner, CKS Advisors

Welcome to the February edition of M&A Insights 2019.  Our goal at CKS Advisors is to help you and your clients stay up-to-date on the current Merger and Acquisitions climate.

This month, we highlight Pitchbook’s US PE Middle Market 2018 Annual Report. Click Here to Review the Report.

Key Points:

  • Purchase prices remain elevated across all company size ranges and sectors.
  • Total value of middle market deals is at an all-time high, $427.9 billion (up from $372.7 billion in 2017- the previous all-time high).
  • Many private equity groups are looking at the lower middle market for roll-up opportunities as additions to their existing portfolio companies.

Our Two Takeaways:

  • The probability for business owners to have a successful transition is remains relatively strong.
  • No one can predict how long these favorable conditions, which have existed for 3-4 years, will continue. The opportunity “window” for business owners is likely shrinking.

Stay tuned for more updates on M&A activity in the future.

If you would like to learn more about the M&A market or are ready to explore options, we would be glad to meet. Please contact me at 480-351-8533 or