This chart depicts the marketplace for private companies. Here's how to read it:
The size of the bubbles represents the size of the industry's median sale multiple. The larger the bubble, the larger the multiple.
Companies in industries that appear above the diagonal line sell at a premium to annual revenue. Those that fall below the line sell at a discount to annual revenue.
The horizontal axis measures median annual revenue. The vertical axis measures median sale price.
The priciest industries can be found in the chart's upper right region.
The least expensive industries are in the lower left region.
Last updated: Apr 1, 2008
DARREN DAHL is a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, which he has written for since 2004. He also works as a collaborative writer and editor and has partnered with several high-profile authors. Dahl lives in Asheville, NC.