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A Slowing Buyout Cycle Breeds Uncertainty in 2016

PitchBook 2015 Annual US PE Breakdown takes a look at the decline in US private equity activity in terms of both deal flow and aggregate transaction value, signaling a turning point in investment trends.

Total deal value in 2015 came in at just under $606 billion, representing a year-over-year decline of 4.77% in deal flow and 8.2% in aggregate transaction value. While activity slackened on a yearly basis, numbers remained strong historically. That said, the fact that 2015 counts declined at nearly double the pace as value speaks to the continued froth seen across the PE asset class. In this PitchBook 2015 annual report, produced in association with Merrill Corporation, find out how dealmakers are assessing the best ways to move forward in a PE landscape rife with uncertainty. Fundraising efforts remained robust, with median fund sizes rising for focused strategies such as energy-specific vehicles looking to eventually capitalize on the distressed oil market. Meanwhile, multiples remained inflated, but more realistic expectations around businesses of lower quality have emerged. As well, due diligence processes have grown increasingly more important in the middle market as a means of further facilitating sales processes.

What’s covered:

  • Deal multiples and debt levels recorded in 2015
  • Deals by size and sector in 2015
  • Spotlight on the energy industry—deals by quarter and year
  • Exits overview including acquisitions, buyouts and IPOs
  • Fundraising review including median fund size and time to close
  • Q4 2015 league tables ranking most active investors, lenders, law firms and advisors

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