Years ago, we reported on the trend of private equity firms moving down market, closing smaller deals and moving away from the more competitive landscape of the larger deal space.
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To see the effects of this trend now, I grouped the private equity firms from our M&A Research Database into four categories, based on the enterprise value of their typical platform acquisitions (add-on investments excluded).
- Small ($0 – $50 million EV)
- Mid ($50 – $250 million EV)
- Large ($250 – $500 million EV)
- Mega ($500+ million)
Interestingly, approximately half of the private equity firms now focus on smaller deals, with an enterprise value range of $0 – $50 million.
Global PE Firms
The distribution is only slightly different for U.S.-based private equity firms.
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