Private Equity Capital Briefing

Monthly insights and intelligence on private equity and capital market trends

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February highlights

Fundraising

  • After a robust year for PE fundraising in 2016, firms are off to a strong start in the New Year. PE firms closed funds valued at US$45b in January, up 78% from the US$25b raised last year.
  • Infrastructure funds were particularly well represented amongst funds that closed in January, accounting for half of the total.
  • The average fund size exceeded US$1b in January, compared with US$650m for the full year 2016..

Acquisitions

  • While January typically represents a quiet month for PE acquisitions, it was the most active start to a year since the financial crisis.
  • PE firms announced 84 deals valued at US$16.1b during the month.
  • Active sectors continued 2016’s trend, with large deals announced in Health care, Consumer Products and Technology.

Exits

  • The pace of exits has been slowing as PE firms shift their focus to deployment. January 2017 saw a continuation of the trend, with PE firms announcing 70 exits valued at US$26.0b, a decline of 11% from December.
  • However, the month saw significantly improved sentiment in the IPO markets, with a number of PE-backed deals going public. In total, six PE-backed deals raised US$3.9b. All were listings on US exchanges.
     
Private Equity Capital Briefing - February 2017

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About the Private Equity Capital Briefing 

The Capital Briefing helps you keep current on private equity trends and data, including fundraising, acquisitions and exits. It also provides perspectives on the global M&A market, cross-border deal flows, initial public offerings (IPOs), debt and bond markets.