It is sort of like the pre-crisis days, but not really. Bank acquisition activity involving non-assisted transactions has been gradually building since the financial crisis. The only notable interruption occurred in the second half of 2011 when the downgrade of the U.S. by S&P (but not Moody’s or Fitch) and a funding crisis among many European banks caused markets to fall sharply.
As of November 14, 260 bank and thrift acquisitions had been announced this year according to SNL Financial, which compares to 246 deals for all of 2013. Pricing continues to gradually improve too. The year-to-date average P/TBV is 135% compared to 120% in 2013 and 116% in 2012. In a sense, a declining median P/E points to higher valuations because sellers as a group are posting better profitability than several years ago. The median P/E ratio this year is about 28x compared to 23x in 2013 and 34x in 2012.
This issue also contains links to various articles of interest, as well as public market indicators, M&A market indicators, and key indices of the top financial institutions in the U.S., providing insight into financial institution valuation issues.
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