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Global private equity investors maintain momentum in UK, despite Brexit qualms

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region kickstarted 2019 with a heathy inflow of capital from global General Partners (GPs), characterized mainly by large-sized deals.

From January 1 to March 15, 2019, aggregate capital deployed by global GPs into the region rose by 14% to €21.0bn. This compared to €18.4bn over the same period in 2018, in spite of the slight decline (2%) in the number of new deals to 944, said the latest Private Equity Market Snapshot (PEMS) report from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

In the same way, average entry deal size grew by 12% to €37.4m versus €33.0m in 2018. The number of large deals - those valued at €1.0bn or more - grew to four deals with a total value of €8.2bn, compared to one large deal with a total value of €5.6bn in 2018.

Despite concerns over Brexit, UK targets remain attractive investments to global GPs, capturing €5.8bn of new capital deployed across 229 new deals, a near two-fold jump compared to €2.8bn across 203 deals in 2018.

Largely responsible for the rise in aggregate deal value were two UK targets qualifying in the €1.0bn-plus range.

Overall on a sector basis, Information Technology (IT) retained its top spot, capturing €5.4bn of new capital deployed by global GPs across 329 deals.

However, aggregate deal value fell by 28%, from €7.6bn in 2018, despite an 8% increase in the number of deals, indicating that the size of investments declined. Average entry deal......................

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