Viable valuations: Finding the right price point
As buyers, sellers and lenders all wait for clarity on the macro-economic forces shaping the market outlook, uncertainty surrounding how deals should be priced will continue to act as a cap on activity. This is especially true for businesses whose revenues were impacted by COVID-19, either negatively or positively, as the buyer–seller expectation gap persists. The reluctance of regional banks to lend to large leveraged transactions could impact activity, however it may also open the door for private credit funds to fill the void and play a role in deal financing. Our panel of experts will discuss the current dynamics in play for dealmakers, as well as the valuation outlook for the next 12 months.
- Valuations and expectations – how have they changed over the last 12 months?
- What role are private credit providers playing in filling the financing gap left by regional banks?
- Is there a lack of standardization in valuation methodology?
- How is leverage availability effecting valuations in the large-cap deal space?
- Is the bid–ask spread starting to narrow to the point where transactions will progress?
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