Valuations steady for A/E firms, per new study

BVWireIssue #198-1
March 6, 2019

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Valuations of minority interests in privately held architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms (A/E firms) held steady from 2017 to 2018, according to a new study.

Enterprise values as a multiple of gross revenue, net service revenue, and prebonus earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) were virtually unchanged (see table below), according to the Architecture and Engineering Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study, 6th edition. The study, conducted by Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners, contains the latest transactional data from 167 distinct stock transactions along with supplemental data from publicly available sources. The prior editions of this study are also available for comparison purposes.

Minority Interests in Private A/E Firms 2017 2018
Median enterprise value/gross revenue 47.6% 47.6%
Median enterprise value/net service revenue 38.3% 38.2%
Median enterprise value/prebonus EBIT 3.98 3.87
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