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Great ideas and guidance for private market leaders

Publicly traded companies seem to get all the headlines and media attention. But it is their private market peers that are actually keeping the U.S. economy moving. Indeed, privately held companies are the unsung heroes of our national economy. Consider this:

  •  The U.S. economy is run by privately-held firms: Of the roughly 27 million businesses currently operating in the U.S., less than 1 percent are publicly traded on major exchanges.1

  • Private companies drive economic value: Privately-held companies are thought to be responsible for two-thirds of private sector employment, around 55 percent of spending on plants and equipment, 57 percent of sales in the U.S. and around 20 percent of pre-tax profits.2    

  • Private companies can be massive: Around 86 percent of large firms – those with more than 500 employees – are privately-held.

While there are certainly a number of forums and a handful of publications focused on the unique issues facing private companies, we have encountered few – if any – that go beyond the high-level trends to provide actionable and practical advice.

KPMG’s Privately Speaking series explores the importance of sharing ideas, best practices and trends for private market decision makers.

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What you need to know, when you need to know it

Privately Speaking tackles the issues that privately held entities, including private equity- and venture capital-backed companies, care about most. In each edition we share insights, as well as practical, actionable tips to help boards and executive management grow, strengthen, and transition their privately held businesses.

Every day, professionals from KPMG’s Private Markets Group (PMG) help many of the world’s most successful and fastest-growing private businesses navigate challenges, grow their businesses, and create value for investors.

In this series, we will offer perspective on how private company leaders can create new competitive advantages by examining emerging issues, evolving trends, and the latest research on key topics, including business and tax planning, talent management, succession planning, operational efficiency, and IPO readiness.

Whether your company is starting out and growing or strengthening and transitioning, this series promises to explore ways to help companies be successful at any stage of the business lifecycle.

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