The M&A market was more competitive than ever in 2022

New York, March 25, 2023 – The M&A market was more competitive than ever in 2022, as indicated by findings from the SPS 2023 Deal Sourcing Databook. The annual publication reveals the latest trends impacting business development in today’s environment.

Each year, SPS  publishes a collection of market trends, data analysis, and business development themes designed to help private equity firms navigate the ever-variable deal sourcing terrain for the year ahead. Targeted with actionable intelligence, the report offers a granular analysis of market conditions impacting business development today as well as tactical resources to help inform firms’ 2023 origination efforts.

Key findings from the 2023 edition include:

  • Over 5,900 companies traded to PE investors between 2012 – 2019 are still being held and may trade again soon.
  • 1/3 of deals in most industries had broad sell-side processes in 2022.
  • 2022 saw an acceleration of the add-on trend as firms turned to smaller, more feasible opportunities amid high market uncertainty.

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