Private Company Valuation Database

An authoritative guide to the pricing of private company sales and acquisitions across UK and Europe

The PERDa database uses information on completed private company deals to provide a robust insight of both historic and current Price Earning Ratios (i.e consideration as a multiple of the target’s profits). All data is adjusted to show the actual consideration paid and the target’s true underlying profits, and therefore provides far more meaningful data than measures that are restricted to publically available information. Data is provided by corporate finance advisors and Experian.


The graph shows the rolling six month average ratio between enterprise values and underlying profits  (EBIT) for deals across the UK and Europe.

(UK specific data is set out in the newsletters)

Overall, after the extreme peaks and troughs of 2008 to 2010, PERs have remained relatively stable since 2012, with a gentle increasing trend since 2013.


Our latest newsletter highlights a slight decline in deals volume but a significant uplift in deal values in the first half of 2016, compared to the second half of 2015. This increase in deal values reflected the growing confidence in the UK economy in the first half of 2016 despite the impending Brexit referendum.

The average price (as a multiple of profits) of the private company deals recorded in the PERDa database has increased to levels not seen since 2007. It appears that the approaching Brexit referendum had little impact on valuation sentiments, with close to all time high multiples being recorded.

However, given the unexpected result of the Brexit referendum, political unrest in the US and global economic risk, we remain cautious regarding both deal volumes and deal values in the second half of 2016.

For more detailed commentary and definitions, please read our NEWSLETTER.



For more information on the database contact Jack Leggett at, email