Great lakes regional M&A update: Q4-2017

Baker Tilly Capital, LLC’s Great Lakes regional M&A update provides a recap of middle-market transactions where the target is located in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin. For purposes of this newsletter, the “middle market” is defined as transactions with enterprise values between $10 and $200 million.

Middle-market M&A transactions in the Great Lakes region with reported transaction values between $10 and $200 million were relatively flat in the fourth quarter of 2017 (Q4-2017), though total deal value decreased by roughly 20 percent. The total number of deals with reported values remained at 22 for the second straight quarter. During the last 12 months, an average of 26 deals were closed per quarter. Average value of deals dropped significantly, however average EBITDA multiples continued to be at or near relative highs. The economy continues to move in a positive direction, and with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act recently signed, M&A activity is expected to increase in 2018.

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