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June 20, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Firm Size

When we think of private equity, most of us tend to think of largest firms, like Carlyle, Bain, Warburg Pincus, Advent International, KKR, HarbourVest Partners, General Atlantic, H.I.G. Capital, Blackstone in the U.S. Or, perhaps we think about some of the largest firms outside the U.S. – EQT Partners, CVC Capital Partners, Hg Capital and Bridgepoint. These are all big names and very successful firms within the private equity industry.

However, what most people do not realize is that these firms are in the minority. They capture a lot of the news headlines and the media spotlight precisely because they are large. But the reality is, most private equity firms are quite small.

May 03, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Cyber Security Companies

Last month, we commented on private equity firms investing in IT security companies. Expanding on that, this study explores the overall trend of PE firms investing in Cyber, Internet or Data security providers. This is a significant growth market, given every industry’s increased reliance on IT, software and data, coupled with the devastating effects of a security breach.

Private Equity Investment Trend – Cyber Security

The chart below shows the number of private equity investments in cyber security companies (excluding add-on investments) over the last 20 years.

To be clear, I have only included security as it relates to IT, software, data, etc. and not surveillance, home security systems nor related companies that provide physical security as a service.

Private Equity Investments in Cyber Security Companies

April 25, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Software as a Service (SaaS) Companies

We have previously shown the meteoric rise in private equity backed Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies. This post takes a closer look at these SaaS companies and explores the end industries they serve.

Private Equity Investments in SaaS Companies Over Time

The chart below shows the number of private equity platform investments in SaaS companies by year (I excluded add-on investments). As expected, there is a steep upward trend, although it should be noted that Q1-2019 (with 15 platform acquisitions) was not on pace with Q1-2018, which had 20 platform acquisitions in the SaaS space.

Caveat – many, if not most, SaaS investments are still earlier-stage venture capital investments, which we do not track. The chart below therefore only includes platform acquisitions by private equity firms.

Private Equity Acquisitions of SaaS Companies by year

April 09, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Investment Banks Firm Size

While we often think about investment banks being large-scale entities, the truth is, most investment banks are quite small.

Pulling the number of deal makers per firm from our M&A Research database at Private Equity Info, I found the median investment bank has only four deal makers. Said another way, half of the investment banking firms have 4 or fewer deal makers.

Further, 90% of the investment banks have 12 or fewer deal makers.

The histogram below shows the breakdown.

Investment Banks Deal Makers per Firm


March 29, 2019 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investing in Healthy Living and Organic Foods

A member of our research team pointed out an investment trend she has noticed in recent years – private equity firms investing in businesses that cater to health-conscious individuals. This includes investments in healthy lifestyle brands, organic food companies and companies that generally market their products as “better-for-you”.

The best way to illustrate this is with a few examples in each category: