|By Yeshim Deniz||
|July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT||
Although activity declined across the board, the hardest hit segment by far was News Media. Transaction volume in that segment fell by 70% from 68 deals in the 1st half of 2008 to 22 deals in the same period of 2009.
It should be noted that while enterprise value multiples appear to have declined dramatically in the 1st Half of 2009, this is largely attributable to sales of distressed properties taking an increased share of activity. Removing this class of transactions from the picture reveals considerably improved multiples, suggesting that sales of healthy companies continue to command healthy multiples.
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