Wed, Oct 7, 2015
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Private Equity Strategies

PE-Backed Buyout Exits Jump in Q2

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A study by data provider Preqin showed the value of private equity-backed buyout exits in the second quarter of 2014 saw a notable jump up from Q1 2014, with 392 exits valued at $138bn in Q2 2014 compared to 331 exits valued at $90bn in the first quarter. This is the highest quarterly exit value for any quarter in the period since the financial crisis, and the second highest number of exits in the same period, behind Q4 2013 which registered 405 exits.

Christopher Elvin, head of private equity products at Preqin commented, "The growing stability of economies and markets around the world is having a positive impact on the exit environment for the private equity industry. Private equity firms selling their stakes in portfolio companies throughout the second quarter of the year have achieved the highest quarterly value in the post-crisis period."

He continued, "On the flip side, growing markets and higher competition are making it harder for private equity buyers, with deal flow falling over the past two quarters. As economies strengthen further, this should present even greater exit conditions for private equity firms to sell on companies, but may prove problematic for the industry to identify good value investment opportunities, especially in a period of strong fundraising and increasing dry powder levels."

According Preqin, the second quarter of 2014 saw a drop in deal flow, however, with a total of 743 private equity-backed buyout deals announced during the quarter valued at $78bn, compared to 733 deals valued at $82bn in Q1 2014. This represents a 1% rise in the number of deals yet a 5% drop in aggregate deal value.

Another Preqin study found study found that global venture capital investment activity has shown that the average value of Series D and later stage deals that occurred in H1 2014 was $64.1m, a significant increase on the average size of late stage deals done in 2013, which stood at $34.4m. The aggregate value of venture capital deals that took place in Q2 2014 was up 27% on the aggregate value of Q1 2014 deals, yet the number of venture capital financings was 1% lower.

Elvin said, "Companies towards the end of the venture capital financing cycle have received far larger investments on average over the first half of this year compared to recent years. In fact, all venture capital financing stages except growth stage/expansion have seen higher average values in H1 2014, as firms invested over $38bn in companies over the first two quarters of the year. Even though specific countries and regions, such as India, have seen a notable uptick in deals being made, the general trend across the world is that of static numbers of deals taking place over recent quarters."

This article was published in Opalesque's Private Equity Strategies our monthly research update on the global private equity landscape including all sectors and market caps.
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies
Private Equity Strategies

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing

  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. U.S. hedge funds prepare for worst finish this year since 2008[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: U.S.-focused hedge funds are preparing for their worst year since the 2008 global financial crisis, following a series of letdown including the market sell-off in August and the sell-off in healthcare and biotechnology sectors last month, reported

  2. Investing - AQR Capital and Renaissance Technologies raise stakes in Southwest Airlines[more]

    From In the previous part of this series, we saw how institutional investors played Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 2Q15. Now let’s move on to the trades executed by key hedge funds in Southwest Airlines over the same period. … Most of the hedge funds that had significant exposu

  3. DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach warns of another round of market shakedown[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: DoubleLine Capital co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is painting a bleak future as he warned that the U.S. equity market and other risk markets, such as high-yield "junk" bonds, are facing another round of selling pressure. Gundlach said in an interview with

  4. A hedge fund strategy that seems to have fizzled[more]

    From The hedge fund strategy that has attracted the most money this year is on course to cause some of the biggest losses for investors, in the latest example of the dangers of going with the crowd. Institutions and individuals have piled an estimated $20 billion (Dh73 billion) into ma

  5. Hedge fund Barnegat survives September’s market selloff[more]

    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Bob Treue’s $679 million Barnegat Fund proved resilient after another month of market letdown as the hedge fund gained 2.2% last month, bringing its year-to-date gains to 2.8%. Treue said in his monthly report to i