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5 Tips For Attracting Private Equity Investment In Your MSP

"From a valuation perspective, I’d love to say there’s an algorithm where you can put in some data, then all of a sudden it spits out a valuation. That’s really not the case."

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How Private Equity Views An MSP's Valuation

Assessing the valuation of a managed service provider is an artform, not a science, and some unique metrics can come into play, said Trey Sykes, managing principal at private equity Inverness Graham.

“From a valuation perspective, I’d love to say there’s an algorithm where you can put in some data, then all of a sudden it spits out a valuation. That’s really not the case,” said Sykes during an executive session at XChange 2019. “It’s buyers and sellers, and it’s the perception of value that any one MSP might have at any one point in time. I look at valuation as more of an art than a science. There are some things that create a fundamental basis for a good valuation of a company.”

Sykes has 20 years of experience as a buyout principal and board member of various solution providers. He is responsible for managing Newtown Square, Pa.-based Inverness Graham’s portfolio of companies, investment banking relations and investing efforts for the firm.

Here are five key tips from Sykes for MSPs hoping to attract investments from private equity firms.

 
 
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