Survey Highlights Expectations Gap

Davis, Avram
December 2009
Mergers & Acquisitions Report;12/14/2009, Vol. 22 Issue 50, p6
The article focuses on the study about expectations of target companies' valuations released by the Association for Corporate Growth in conjunction with Thomson Reuters. Among the 921 merger and acquisition professionals surveyed in October and November 2009, 80% of buyers do not expect to pay more than five times Ebitda for companies in the next six months. Den White, senior counsel at McDermott, Will, & Emory, noted the difficulty with buyers and sellers agreeing on a value and sellers who do not want to overpay.


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