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PitchBook 2016 Annual US PE Breakdown

If 2014 was a record-setting year for PE, and 2015 a turning point, then 2016 can be characterized as the first step toward normalcy. Buyout activity receded amidst the growing concerns about global trade, rising populism and central bank policies that we know all too well. It must be noted, however, that PE transactions occur on a deal-by-deal basis, not a global basis. As such, managers have continued to find pockets of growth and opportunity, particularly in the tech and energy sectors.

Merrill Pitchbook

Report highlights:

  • Pricing stifles PE deal flow in 2016
  • Heightened company inventory limiting available targets while also raising suspicion around portfolio company quality
  • Tech and energy investment experience growth
  • Median equity contributions jump to 5.4x EBITDA
  • More managers than ever before hit their fundraising targets in 2016

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