Berkery Noyes, a leading middle market investment bank, has released its 2010 Half Year Education M&A Trends Report. This report analyzes merger and acquisition activity in the Education Industry in the first half of 2010 and compares it with activity in the four previous sixth month periods from 2008-2009.

Revenue multiples in the Education Industry continued their strong upward trend, rising 38% to 1.8, which represents a 200% growth from the low of 0.6 in 1st Half 2009.

Despite strong growth in revenue multiples, transaction volume decreased for the fifth straight half-year period, falling 14%, from 86 in 2nd Half 2009 to 74 in 1st Half 2010. Gains in aggregate deal value had been significant in the past year, but such growth has ceased and total value has regressed 7% from 2nd Half 2009.