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Merger and Acquisition Transaction Data


The following guide provides sources for public and private company transaction data for a wide range of industries. Each entry listed below includes the name of the source or publisher, a brief description of the resource and its primary features, and notes any information that is available free online.

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BIZCOMPS® Business Sales Statistics
Annual study provides sales transaction data for over 12,000 companies sold over the last ten years, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million. Information provided in the study includes asking price, selling price, annual revenue, seller's discretionary earnings, payment terms, value of inventory, value of furniture, fixtures, and equipment, rent as a percentage of revenue, geographic location, and number of days to sell business. User guide and sample page from the study can be downloaded and viewed online.

Pratt's Stats® - Private Company Mergers and Acquisitions Database
Subscription service provides comparable sales information for over 21,000 private companies sold for prices ranging from under $1 million to over $16.6 billion, with information provided including seller description, sales price and terms, valuation multiples, income statement, balance sheet, and key financial ratios. Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search for transactions by SIC Code, NAICS Code, business description, and other selected criteria; sample search results and detailed transaction reports are available online.

BVR's Industry Transaction & Profile Annual Reports
BVR reports include a First Research industry profile, five-year financial analysis from BizMiner, pricing rules of thumb, and actual deal details for specific industries as reported by Pratt's Stats® and BIZCOMPS®, with industries covered including veterinary practices, architectural firms, engineering firms, HVAC companies, quick restaurants, full serve restaurants, hotels and motels, day care centers, dental practices, and imaging centers. Summary highlights containing additional descriptive information can be viewed free online.

ValuSource Mid-Market Comps
Web-based product provides searchable detail on over 6,000 middle-market companies sold for purchase prices between $1 million and $250 million, with information provided including asking price, selling price, payment terms, annual revenue, net income, cash flow, EBITDA, total assets, and shareholders' equity. Mid-Market Comps can be used on a standalone basis or in conjunction with ValuSourcePro and Express Business Valuation software. Sample report with selected excerpts can be downloaded and viewed online.

DoneDeals® Database
Online service provides deal details for more than 10,000 private and public mid-market companies sold for purchase prices between $1 million and $1 billion, with over 75 percent of the selling companies being privately owned. Information provided for each seller includes price, terms, annual revenue, net income after taxes, cash flow from operations, EBITDA, total assets, and stockholders' equity. Sample results set, preview of deal detail, features summary, frequently asked questions, and term definitions are all available free online.

Public Stats™ - Public Company Mergers and Acquisitions Database
Subscription service provides comparable sales information for over 3,400 public companies sold for prices ranging from under $1 million to over $256 billion, with information provided including seller description, sales price and terms, valuation multiples, income statement, balance sheet, and key financial ratios. Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search for transactions by SIC Code, NAICS Code, business description, and other selected criteria; sample search results and detailed transaction reports are available online.

Factset Mergerstat® Review
Annual publication analyzes mergers and acquisitions, corporate divestitures, and management buy-outs involving interests in public, private, and foreign companies, with information provided—including target company pricing multiples and acquisition premiums offered—broken down by industry. Annual subscription includes annual print edition and access to monthly review updates; introduction, detailed table of contents, and selected excerpts from the annual print edition and a sample monthly update are available free online.

Factset Mergerstat® / BVR Control Premium Study
Online database analyzes mergers and acquisitions, controlling takeovers, and corporate buy-outs involving controlling interests in publicly-traded companies, with information provided—including control premiums, implied minority discounts, and target company pricing multiples—searchable by industry, revenue, deal size, and other selected criteria. Annual subscription includes access to quarterly control premium study reports; sample advanced search results summary, transaction report, and quarterly study report are available online.

Financial Post Crosbie: Mergers & Acquisitions in Canada
Subscription service provides transaction detail for mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures involving Canadian companies, with transaction information searchable by industry, deal type, deal value, vendor, acquirer, and target. Four types of transactions are included (e.g., foreign target, divestiture, publicly traded, and privately owned) with minimum requirements for inclusion including at least 10 percent of a company's equity and a purchase price of at least $5 million. Contact publisher for additional information on subscription options.

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