M&A Pulse: Private equity riding high

17 October 2017

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Private equity is continuing to attract investor capital in 2017, despite increasingly tough conditions for buyouts. With new fundraising contributing to an already record amount of dry powder, PE firms are facing a competitive dealmaking landscape and rising valuations for targets. Volatility across global markets raises the question of which regions and sectors will see the most PE activity in the year ahead.

To find out what PE trends are likely to play out in the year ahead, Toppan Vintage commissioned Mergermarket to interview senior dealmakers for their insights.

Key findings include:

  • Some 64% of respondents expect private equity activity to increase in the next 12 months – 16% believe significantly so.
  • North America and Asia-Pacific are predicted to be the regions with the most private equity investment over the next year.
  • The majority of respondents (52%) believe that technology, media and telecommunications will be the sector to see the most private equity activity over the coming 12 months.

2016 India Private Equity Trends

19 January 2017

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Private equity activity in India totaled USD 9.9bn across 87 deals in Q1-Q3 2016. The total number of deals was 72 deals less and the total value of transactions decreased 8.2% compared to the previous year. Energy, Mining & Utilities was the top sector accounted for 14.4% market share by value. A total of USD 1.4bn was recorded across three announced deals in the sectors during Q1-Q3 2016. It also saw an increase in value from the same period last year, with an 81.2% increase in deal value with the number of deals remaining the same. Consumer saw the strongest annual growth, with an 86.3% increase in deal value totaling USD 961m with nine deals, three deals less from last year.
This report covers:
  • India Private Equity Buyouts and Exits since 2007
  • Annual Buyout / Exit Activity
  • Top Announced Private Equity Deals (Buyouts)
  • Private Equity Sector Analysis in Q1-Q3 2016 vs Q1-Q3 2015
  • Mergermarket Intelligence - PE Coverage, PE Target, Live Situation

2016 Global Private Equity Investment Activity

14 March 2017

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According to Mergermarket data, private equity remained stable with regard to value as well as number of recorded transactions within the last three years.
Some key trends for 2016:
  • Buyouts increased 2.7% by value, while exits decreased by 6% compared to previous years.
  • TMT was a dominating sector with a 24.5% global buyout market share, and energy being the most popular sub-sector among PE investors in 2016.
  • North America led the region with 40.7% total buyout value.
  • Europe recorded the largest number of transactions, falling behind North America with 29.8% market share by value.

Defying the odds: The rise of European private equity

06 June 2014

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2014 could be a standout year for European private equity deals. Mergermarket and White & Case are pleased to present Defying the odds: the rise of European private equity. The report looks at key issues and trends driving the recovery and future prospects of the private equity market in Europe. After enduring a difficult period following the financial crisis, which brought new deal and exit activity to a near standstill, the European buyout industry is showing strong signs of recovery.

Global Private Equity Outlook

24 June 2014

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Amid heightened competition and regulatory uncertainty, the private equity industry is exhibiting growing confidence and appetite for investment. A study jointly released today by Duff & Phelps and Shearman & Sterling LLP reveals this and other key findings in its Global Private Equity Outlook report published in association with Mergermarket.

This report reviews the different strategies employed by private equity firms to stay ahead of competition and to achieve the desired yield from their investments.

Key findings include:

  • 87% of respondents expect a near-term increase in buyout activity
  • Private equity respondents expect the consumer and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sectors to offer the best opportunities over the next 12 months
  • New entrants are intensifying already fierce competition
  • Depth and methodology of due diligence, including attention paid to new regulatory requirements, are increasing the average time to complete a transaction
  • The value of cross-border buyouts are on the rise; majority of respondents plan to invest in new markets

Market Spotlight: Private Equity Exits

25 November 2014

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Private Equity Exits are expected to rise in the next 12 months, according to research conducted by Mergermarket.

In this month’s Venue® Market Spotlight, brought to you by RR Donnelley in association with Mergermarket, data shows that the increase in private equity will be driven by a recovering economy and the strong demand from strategic buyers.

Chinese private equity: outward bound – Houlihan Lokey Quarterly Newsletter

02 November 2016

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In H1 2016, China-based funds invested US$7.4bn via cross-border deals into Europe and North America, already exceeding the US$5.8bn invested in 2015. China-based private equity investment firms continue to grow in size, number and sophistication, and they are paying increasing attention to overseas acquisition targets. While each firm has its own unique strategy, certain themes and trends are emerging in their outbound investment activity. Over the years, the role of Chinese private equity has evolved from helping foreign investors navigate and invest in China, to propelling domestic growth, and on to acquiring high-quality assets overseas and bringing brands and technology to China. With decelerating growth at home, there is now intensified impetus to diversify overseas as a currency hedge and to gain more direct exposure to the international macro trends.
Houlihan Lokey, in conjunction with M&A intelligence provider Mergermarket and the Asian Venture Capital Journal, takes a close look at outbound investment trends for Chinese private equity in this exclusive thought leadership newsletter, Chinese private equity: Outward bound.
Highlights and trends analyzed:
  • Asian outbound investments hit a record transaction value of US$9.8bn in 2015, and are continuing on this upward trend, posting US$8.7bn worth of such investments in H1 2016.
  • From 2011 to H1 2016, China-based private equity engaged in 13 private equity investments worth US$1.6bn, 23 private equity buyouts worth US$15.7bn, and 78 venture capital investments worth US$1.9bn.
  • Healthcare and medical transactions have been the most visible, with 25 deals worth US$817m from 2011 to H1 2016.
  • Information technology and technology-related deals also played heavily in outbound private equity activity, with 23 deals worth US$1.2bn from 2011-H1 2016.
  • An exclusive interview with Jeffrey Wilson, Director, who leads the Corporate Finance practice in Houlihan Lokey’s Hong Kong office, on navigating the challenges and risks surrounding Chinese private equity investment overseas.


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