Deal Sourcing Transformed
Pairing actionable data with proprietary analytics

SPS, by Bain & Co. is the preeminent provider of actionable data and analytics for PE and M&A professionals to optimize business development and deal sourcing efforts.
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Don’t miss out on your
next great deal

Most private equity firms see only 10% to 30% of their target market deals. Between stale data, time constraints, and growing competition, firms are challenged to allocate finite business development resources efficiently and give themselves an edge. SPS pierces through the clutter with a highly customized suite of deal origination analytics and automation solutions, providing leading investors with best-in-class deal sourcing intelligence

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Transaction-level data
on 90K+ tracked deals

With unparalleled market coverage and a uniquely granular industry taxonomy, SPS equips firms with full transparency into the deals that matter most – including data on EV ranges, sell-side processes, and the names of firms and professionals involved, including contact data and a proprietary “one-degree-of-deal” connectivity

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Technology and Automation –
Cornerstones of M&A Origination

Whether you’re a PE investor, corporate acquirer, lender or advisor, SPS unifies the fragmented deal sourcing environment to reveal a clear scope of relevant networking opportunities for your firm. Our sophisticated suite of features and customizable interface equip firms to fill gaps in their coverage through full CRM integration, miss fewer deals with automated alerts for target opportunities, and maximize business travel using geospatial technology to find nearby active professionals.

Key Markets

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Private Equity

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Corporate Development

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M&A Advisors, Lenders, & Service Providers


Strategic Insights

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Stranded Assets or Diamonds in the Rough?

Diminishing deal flow requires firms to innovate in their sourcing approach. A recent SPS analysis concluded that PE portfolio companies are being held for an above-average period – which may reveal a treasure trove of attractive hidden deals for scrappier sponsors.

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Q4 2023 Mezzanine Market Perspective

In Q3 2023, 82 deals including mezzanine debt closed, a 13% decrease from the 94 mezzanine deals closed in Q2 2023. Mezzanine activity through the first three quarters of the year increased approximately 9% YoY from 268 deals in 2022, to 293 deals in 2023. Despite the increase in mezzanine deal activity, private equity deal volume for the same time period decreased 18% from 4,487 deals in 2022, to 3,679 deals in 2023. Out of the 82 mezzanine deals that closed in Q3 2023, 33 deals were buyouts, 27 were minority financings, and 22 were sponsor-backed add-ons. The most common industries in total M&A activity for the quarter were Technology, Industrials, Business Services, and Healthcare, respectively.

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