M&A: Median EV/EBITDA transaction multiple worldwide 2004-2019

This statistic illustrates the median value of EV/EBITDA transaction multiples worldwide from 2004 to 2019. EV/EBITDA is a comparison of enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization and is a common metric used for estimating one companies worth against another, as long as they are in the same industry.

EV/EBITDA is not often a good measure of comparing valuations of two companies conducting business in different industries. This is because capital requirements of industries are different, making this formula somewhat unreliable. If used for two companies within the same industry it can be a very good measure of a businesses value for investors.

After a general upturn between 2009 and 2017, the median EV/EBITDA of transactions globally has see a two year decrease. As of 2019, (January to September) the median multiple of EV/EBITDA worldwide was 12.5x.

Mergers and acquisition: median EV/EBITDA transaction multiple worldwide from 2004 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2004 to 2019

Number of respondents


Supplementary notes

The source added the following information " EV=enterprise value; EBITDA=earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization; median deal multiples for announced strategic deals where multiple data was available; strategic deals include acquisitions made by public or private companies, including any acquisitions from financial sponsors; only rank eligible deals included, except for buyback programs and equity carve-outs; calendar year data for all years except 2019, which is January through September

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