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Axial Radar: Soaring Valuations + Low Interest Rates

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Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Axial Radar!

The history of leveraged buyouts dates all the way back to the 1960s. More than 60 years full of booms, bubbles, and credit crunches later, and the LBO market has never been stronger. In the first half of 2021, a record breaking $159B of M&A-related leveraged loans were issued. Feels like we’ve been here before, right?

​​​​​​Before you sound the alarm, it’s important to understand the completely unique fundamentals at play in today’s economy. This week’s featured Industry Trends article analyzes how the combination of rising valuations and historically low interest rates are driving investors to lever up deals to remain competitive.

Our featured buy-side members this week include an engineering consulting firm, a consumer-focused private equity firm, and an international private investment firm. On the sell-side we’ll introduce you to a boutique North Carolina-based M&A advisory firm, and another M&A advisory firm with dozens of successful transactions under its belt.

Click here to follow Axial on LinkedIn and stay up to date on the latest trends in the world of Lower Middle Market deal making.

2021 M&A Advisor Fee Survey

We are happy to announce we have partnered with Firmex for their North American M&A Advisory Fee Guide. Since 2017, the annual M&A Fee Guide has grown to be the most authoritative source for middle market M&A, having been downloaded and read by more than 8,000 M&A practitioners worldwide.

All participants who complete the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the research report. Sign up at the end of the survey to receive the 2021 M&A Fee Guide in your inbox. We thank you in advance for your participation and look forward to sharing the results on the current state of M&A advisory fees.​​


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Featured Members

RTM Engineering Consultants

RTM Engineering Consultants
Corporation

RTM Engineering Consultants is an engineering firm that goes far beyond a typical consulting role. RTM becomes a partner to their clients by aligning with the goals, processes, and people at each organization. Since their inception in 1981, RTM has stood for a consistent offering by way of exceptional responsiveness.

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High Rock Partners

High Rock Partners
M&A Advisory Firm

High Rock Partners is a boutique firm of strategic and M&A advisors, located in Raleigh, North Carolina (RTP NC area). High Rock are experts in transactions from $5M – $75M, serving leaders of middle market companies to make key strategic decisions, navigate and execute on transitions of ownership, and accelerate growth to the next level.

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Knox Lane

Knox Lane
Private Equity Firm

Knox Lane is a growth-oriented investment firm focused on partnering with founder- and family-owned businesses in the Services and Consumer sectors. Formed by a team of investors and operators, Knox Lane’s professionals have a long history of working together, an investor-operator mindset, and a passion for partnering with companies to accelerate growth.

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The Salazar Group

The Salazar Group
M&A Advisory Firm

The Salazar Group serves businesses ready to sell at the optimum price. As a mergers and acquisitions firm and licensed broker, Salazar represents a broad range of middle-market businesses with revenues of $5M – $50M+. Backed by years of C-suite experience, corporate leadership and award-winning brokerage experience, Salazar has successfully conducted dozens of high-profile, complex transactions totaling more than one billion dollars.

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District Equity

District Equity
Holding Company

District Equity, LLC is an award-winning international investment firm that wholly owns or holds interests in businesses operating in private equity, engineering, defense, and real estate industries. Typically, District Equity is the largest outside shareholder in their portfolio companies; as such, they are focused on long-term growth and a total return strategy.

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Industry Trends

Debt Issuance Soars to Record Highs

Source: Mergers & Acquisitions

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