3rd quarter 2021

Main conclusions

  • The Argos Index® declined to 11.0x EBITDA
  • The multiples paid by investment funds contracted
  • A quarter of transactions were carried out at multiples >15x EBITDA, a stable proportion
  • Listed companies were very active in the mid-market, buoyed by the rise in equity markets and the transformation of business models
  • Mixed mid-market M&A activity: stable in volume but down in value
The Argos Index® declined to 11.0x EBITDA

All on the Argos Index ®


Louis Godron

“The Argos Index® was born out of the desire to create a database for the unlisted market that would be both methodologically robust and rich in high-quality information. Robustness is the index’s salient characteristic.”


Frank Hermann

“When the CEO of a company wonders if now is the right time to sell, the Argos Index® supplies essential business cycle information and helps him or her make a decision. The Argos Index® derives its legitimacy from its longevity and independence.”


Grégoire Buisson

“If the Argos Index® is now a benchmark in Europe, it’s because we use information from our EMAT (Epsilon Multiple Analysis Tool) database that has been proven to be reliable. The index has always been based on this methodology. We work meticulously, transaction by transaction, examining documents, analyzing annual reports, reconstituting transactions and building hypotheses.”

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