S&P 500 EV/EBITDA multiple in the U.S. H1 2019, by sector

Enterprise value to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EV/EBITDA) is a key measurement ratio used as a metric of valuing whether a company is under or overvalued as compared to a historical industry average. The S&P 500 (Standard & Poor’s) is an index of the 500 largest U.S. publicly traded companies by market capitalization. In the first half of 2019, the consumer staples sector displayed the highest EV/EBITDA multiple with 16.6.

Global comparisons

  Average EV/EBITDA valuation multiples have seen an increase in all industries compared to the 20-year average. Gloablly, the median EV/EBITDA value has increased to an average of 14.35 in 2017.

Industries to watch

  Between 2017 and 2018, a trend that has been noted in both EV/EBITDA and premiums paid is the high valuation of High Technology companies. One of the reasons behind this is the industry's ability to be attractive to cross-sector merger and acquisition activity. Something that is reflected in the rise of the real estate sector.

S&P 500 EV/EBITDA multiple in the United States as of the 1st half of 2019*, by sector

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Release date

June 2019


United States

Survey time period

1st half of 2019

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The EBITDA multiple for a specific sector is calculated by dividing the total enterprise value of all sector companies by the total sum of annual EBITDA of the companies. The multiples on the table above are trailing twelve months, meaning the last four quarters are used when earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization are calculated."

* All years data is correct as of June 30th 2019.

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