“The Argos Index® is an important benchmark for valuing unlisted European companies and is based on very reliable data.”
Based on your experience in various investment funds and as CEO of Invest Europe, how do you view the Argos Index®?
The Argos Index® has already been around for 15 years, and I admire its longevity. When I managed investment funds, I systematically consulted the Index as soon as it was published and I used it many times in meetings with investors. The Argos Index® is a market tool that provides a real service, and as it is based on very reliable data, it is an important benchmark for valuing unlisted mid-market companies in Europe. The quarterly Argos Index® publication reports price trends and provides a rational explanation thereof, which is essential.
What are the significant differences between the Argos Index® and the data produced by Invest Europe?
The information produced by the Argos Index® is different from ours. We are interested in investment, while the Index focuses on valuation. We cast the net very wide in the mapping of investments and can say very precisely where the money is coming from, where it will be invested and when. On the other hand, we have not developed the methodology that Argos Wityu and Epsilon have, to know who made the acquisition and at what price. The sample is also different. The Argos Index® focuses on the eurozone whereas we look at the whole continent of Europe. For this reason, the Argos Index® data are complementary to ours.
What is Invest Europe’s specificity and how does the Argos Index® complement the association’s other studies?
Invest Europe has been publishing data for several years in the areas of fundraising, investment and divestment. A few years ago, we joined forces with all the European private equity and venture capital associations to create a data collection platform called the European Data Cooperative (EDC). Using this single platform with a standardized methodology, we can obtain consistent and comparable half-year and full-year statistics across all of Europe. In this way, we can better inform our members, fund managers (GPs) or investors (LPs), policy-makers, regulators and other stakeholders.
We have a team of 15 professionals who collect this multitude of data before processing it. It’s a huge job, as is the work of Argos Wityu and Epsilon to establish the Index.
In sum, our methodologies have the same point of departure: the market values consolidated data.