Surveys and Studies

“We LOVE this survey. We contribute to it, absorb the results –
and incorporate it in our annual internal valuation”

— The CFO of a 400 person MEP Firm

A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study – 6th Edition 

Over the coming months we will be compiling our sixth edition of the A/E Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study. The compiled data will include financial performance benchmarking data, valuation multiples for internal (minority interest) stock transactions, ESOP transactions, and merger/acquisition transactions. M&A data will include pricing data as well as data on transaction structures.

As professional business appraisers, we’ve worked carefully to construct a survey that is brief and easy to complete, yet captures enough data to compile a meaningful study. We plan to supplement the data gathered through this questionnaire with data compiled from public sources. The results of the study will be presented in a form that will allow the user to benchmark their firm’s financial performance and condition, as well as the value of their firm (or an acquisition target) under a variety of circumstances.

If you’re interested in learning more and would like to participate in this survey, please click on the button below:

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When you have completed the survey, you will be provided with a coupon code for a $200 discount on the study and a link to a separate and secure web page where you may pre-order your copy. We anticipate completion of the study in December 2018.

5theditionstudycoverA/E Business Valuation and M&A Transaction Study – 5th Edition (1/30/2018)

This study examines data from over 160 distinct stock transactions collected via a confidential online survey. All data is analyzed and compiled by Rusk O’Brien Gido + Partners’ team of accredited business appraisers — individuals with decades of experience valuing privately held A/E firms. The result is the most comprehensive and reliable study of business valuations and mergers & acquisitions ever published for the A/E and environmental consulting industries.

Among other information, the study provides statistical data on ten separate valuation ratios or “multiples” representing both minority and controlling interests in privately held firms, as well as minority interests in publicly traded companies and minority interests in Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP) sponsoring companies. Statistical analysis will be presented on a median, mean, trimmed mean, upper quartile and lower quartile basis, and broken down by specific firm type. The study also provides insight into how mergers and acquisitions are being conducted in the industry, as well as 19 different financial benchmarking metrics.

Please follow the link below to order your copy.

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A/E Ownership Transition Study  

aeOTstudycover2The A/E Ownership Transition Study is a comprehensive analysis of how firms in the A/E and environmental consulting industry manage ownership transition. The study illustrates the various ways ownership is structured and governed in the industry, and how firm leaders plan for and execute the transition of ownership interests. The study is intended to serve as a guide for firm owners and managers as they establish or reevaluate their ownership transition plans. Topic covered include:
– Number of shareholders and distribution of ownership
– Criteria for becoming an owner
– Frequency and method of stock valuation
– Financing terms for stock redemptions and purchases
– Common shareholder’s agreement terms
– Boards of Directors and corporate governance practices; and more…

To purchase, please click on the link below to open a PDF order form. Fill out the form and return it to Ashley Cristman.

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Ames & Gough A/E Professional Liability Insurance Market Survey (03/2015)

List Price: Free

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