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Global private equity funds raise $116bn of capital in Q1 2022 through 137 funds

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The global private equity funds raised $116bn of capital in Q1 2022 through 137 funds-representing a 10% decline in capital raised from Q4, and a 38% decline from the same quarter last year, said a report.

According to Preqin's Q1 2022 Private Equity Report, a slowdown in fundraising activity is to be expected given that 2021 was a very strong year thanks, in part, to the post-pandemic stimulus measures that helped boost investor sentiment.

The report said that activity in Europe appears to be cooling following a strong year in 2021 as the market digests macro-economic concerns related to inflation and higher interest rates expectations. The war in Ukraine has also no doubt had an impact on confidence.

There was a 29% year-on-year drop in the number of European buyout deals completed in Europe in the first quarter. European buyout deal value was $25bn and represented a steeper decline of 62% compared to the same quarter last year.

By contrast, Asia buyouts have been on the increase with 214 deals completed in the first quarter, a 23% increase from last year. Asia buyout deal value tracked by Preqin climbed by 34% to $18bn.

Meanwhile, private equity returns have continued to increase over time as valuation multiples move higher and financing conditions remain positive.

Global private equity funds have so far generated returns of 29% median net internal rate of return (IRR) for 2019 vintages. This is a considerable i......................

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