LBOs in Europe are getting more expensive for private equity sponsors. The average purchase price, as a multiple of trailing EBITDA, reached 10x in 2016's first quarter, more than any full-year average, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence LCD.
The multiples paid on these buyouts fall across a wide range. Many of the deals that came to market in the first quarter were bought for an unremarkable multiple, in the 8–9x area, but a good handful of transactions topped 10x — some by a fair margin. - Ruth McGavin
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