Financial Services

Specialist expertise across all financial services sectors

Our financial services sector team combines a broad range of experience across the insurance, life and pensions, banking and wealth management industries.

Members of our advisory team have worked in an operational, management or advisory capacity for a wide variety of companies in the sector, including:

How much are companies worth in the Financial Services sector?

The following 3 graphs will give private business owners a broad indication of the value of their business:

1. The Enterprise Value to EBITDA* multiples on which comparable listed companies are trading

Financial Services Graph 1

At the end of H2 2020, the global, all market average Enterprise Value to EBITDA multiple for listed Financial Services companies was 17.5x.This was an increase on the previous six months, when listed Financial Services companies were trading on a multiple of 16.7x. Within the Financial Services sector, trading multiples varied between 16.9x and 28.0x across the range of sub-sectors. Smaller businesses generally traded on lower multiples.

* EBITDA is Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation
† Note, the Enterprise Value to EBITDA multiples above are for listed businesses. By comparison privately owned businesses are generally valued at a discount. Listed company data was accurate at 04/01/2021.

2. The multiple of EBITDA paid by acquirers of comparable businesses

Financial Services Graph 2

The average multiple of EBITDA* paid globally in Financial Services transactions has increased significantly over the past six months. It currently stands at 12.1x. When reviewing these multiples we break out businesses in the range $5-150m, as they  tend to have unique attributes which affect their valuation. The multiple for lower mid-market transactions over the past six months, at 5.6x, is much lower than it has been historically and is lower than we would have expected to see for financial services transactions in the period. It has been artificially distorted downwards due to the low number of transactions with the relevant valuation data recorded, and so the true multiple may be higher.
* EBITDA is Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation
†Note, the transaction multiples above are calculated from raw historic data. This typically understates profits and therefore valuations actually achieved are generally at lower multiples of “normalised” profits.

3. The volume of M&A transactions and acquisitions

Financial Services Graph 3

In H2 2020, there were 1,518 transactions globally in the Financial Services sector. This is an increase on the preceding six months, when there were 1,329 transactions.The last quarter shows an increase in demand for Financial Services businesses.

For further information as to how these valuations and statistics are computed, and their impact on your transaction, please contact us.