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Private Company Price Index (PCPI)

13 May 2020

PCPI Q1 2020: Transaction volumes in Q1 pick up preceding the impact of COVID-19

Following the decisive outcome of the general election, market sentiment was very positive at the beginning of the year. The M&A market saw a busy Q1, with a significant rise of 13.2% in transaction volumes. Trade deal volumes resurged by almost 20% to 506 deals, reflecting the pent up demand in the market. Volumes in the Private Equity market tapered off somewhat to 76 deals, the lowest quarter for two years.

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PCPI blog: Back to the Future - why market fundamentals will restart the insurance M&A market in the post COVID-19 world

PCPI sector spotlight blog looks at the insurance M&A market. Throughout the whole of 2019 and the vast majority of the first quarter of the current year the insurance M&A market had been the strongest that many of us can remember. As an industry, insurers are exposed more than most to the volatility that we are seeing in the financial markets due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. As parts of the insurance sector come under fire for their handling of the current crisis, what role will the industry play in risk management during these times of economic uncertainty?

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About PCPI

Each quarter we collect data surrounding Enterprise Value (EV) to Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation and Amortisation (EBITDA) multiples. The Index tracks the EV to EBITDA multiples paid by trade and private equity buyers when purchasing UK private companies.

We examine this market data and compare it with historic data to identify key trends. We draw on our long experience of running the PCPI and our sector-specific expertise to predict future market trends.

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