Upper Middle Market
Definition - What does Upper Middle Market mean?
The upper middle market includes companies that are subcategorized under the broader middle market, with revenue or enterprise values ranging from $500 million to $1 billion.
Divestopedia explains Upper Middle Market
The middle market is a significant part of the North American economy. In the U.S., middle market businesses represent one-third of private sector GDP and employ approximately 25% of the total labor force. Less than 1% of middle market companies fall under the upper middle market category.
It is also important to distinguish between upper and lower middle market for a few reasons:
- There are different buyer groups for each level of middle market companies;
- Premiums are typically paid for businesses that can grow into a higher tier; and
- Investment banks tend to specialize in a certain size of business.