Going private is often an appealing option for public companies during recessions, when valuations tend to decline sharply.
During 2022, the S&P 500 index declined 20 percent and inflation lingered at its highest point in decades. Interest rates also rose to a multiyear high, which led to higher borrowing costs and created a challenge for some public companies that are struggling to raise capital. During 2022, the value of take private deals was $258 billion, as companies took advantage of cooling valuations to step back from the demands of quarterly reporting or wanted more scope to overhaul the firm’s cost structure. Deal volume is likely to increase as private equity firms still have considerable cash available.