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Lower Middle Market Weekly Outlook

Good morning, Forum readers. Last week, Goldman Sachs released a report highlighting the dearth of take-privates and LBOs in the first half of 2014. To put it in perspective, “Not a single take-private deal worth more than $5 billion has been struck this year…That compares to four deals above $5 billion in 2013 and 17 such deals in 2007, the year before the financial crisis struck,” wrote Will Alden of the NYTimes.

Take-privates have largely fallen by the wayside because of the high stock market — many firms are simply deeming companies as too expensive. Instead, they are opting for other other strategies, like minority investments. However, as Dan Primack points out, take-privates have often been opportunistic investments and should not be taken as indicators of market activity.

In other news, Thomson Reuters is looking to sell peHUB, Buyouts and Venture Capital Journal.

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This week in history… AT&T announces it will split into three companies (1995).

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