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Size of average buyout deals grows smaller in 2021:
Deals have been coming in at the rate of one every three days
Private equity players may be looking for smaller targets when going for buyouts, going by the trend so far this
A buyout is the purchase of a controlling share in a company. Private equity funds have been doing such
transactions at the rate of one every three days so far in 2021. There have been 21 such deals this calendar year,
shows data till the beginning of March from tracker Refinitiv, now part of the London Stock Exchange Group.
The total value of the deals so far is $664.4 million (as of March 5). This pegs the value per deal at $32 million.
Refinitiv considers value including the target’s net debt. The previous year saw a record number of such
transactions. There were 282 deals in 2020. This works out to a deal every 1.3 days. The total deal value was
$12.8 billion. The average deal size therefore becomes $45 million.
This was a fall from the previous year’s average deal size of $91 million. There were 281 transactions in 2019
worth a record $25.5 billion. This was the highest value since at least 1994, according to Refinitiv data. The year
2020 was the highest in terms of total number of deals since 1994.
Owners, who would typically approach a multinational company, are now increasingly looking at private equity
funds, according to an investment banker. Private equity players have been flush with funds and they are also able
to take decisions quicker, according to the person.