Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap: Q4 2021

ReportData Insight 9 March

Clearwater International Multiples Heatmap: Q4 2021

In-depth analysis of the acquisition multiples paid for European private equity transactions

In this issue:

  • European overview: PE buyouts in Europe in 2021 shattered all previous records, with both volume and value soaring. By the end of the year, dealmakers had logged a total of 1,273 transactions – 24% higher than the previous peak in 2019. It was an even more spectacular picture in terms of deal value, with transactions for the year totalling €278bn, up 50% on the previous record of €186bn, again from 2019.
  • Spotlight on the UK & Ireland: The UK & Ireland stood out in 2021 among European markets for their consistently strong buyout markets. What underpinned this performance, and what trends could define the near-term outlook for the region? Clearwater partners Sarah Taylor in the UK and John Curtin in Ireland share their insights.
  • Industrials & chemicals sector focus: PE investors are increasingly turning their attention to the industrials & chemicals sector. What is driving this interest, and what might the future have in store? Clearwater International’s partner and head of industrials & chemicals Michael Loudon and managing partner Markus Otto explain.
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