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REGENT’s view of the month - February 2010

In January we complained that there were no big deals in the month. February promptly produced the first deal in Europe above $10 billion since Q3 2007. The number of transactions decreased slightly in February, as usual, after hectic activity around the year end. Valuations continue to improve, particularly for high quality businesses. This is reflected in the five month trend which shows Price/Earnings ratios increasing at a greater rate than Price/Sales ratios.

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