Cash takeovers (including private equity buyouts) provided a very conducive environment for the stock market to rise, but there are now signs that this era of endless cheap money available to corporate and private equity buyers could be coming to an end.
After one of the most active months ever for private equity offers, we revisit our LBO screen in “Inside the Stock Market” section. This screen has thus far outperformed the S&P 500 since we introduced it in January of 2006.
Relatively low interest rates combined with strong earnings growth and a build up of corporate cash has created a perfect environment for LBOs. Jim Floyd created a quantitative screen back in February 2006 that attempts to uncover the most attractive LBO stocks.