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October 17, 2017 5 Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investment Trends in Manufacturing

I ran some analytics on our private equity portfolio company data to view changes in how PE firms invest in various industries over time. The graph below shows the historical investment trend for manufacturing portfolio companies by year.

Investments in manufacturing companies, as a share of the overall private equity investment pool, has decreased, but seems to have settled around 15 – 17%.

Private Equity Investment Trend: Manufacturing

October 04, 2017 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Holding Periods – Histogram (updated)

I previously discussed the trend in median holding periods for private equity-owned portfolio companies. However, there is a significant standard deviation in the data.

The histogram below shows the distribution of holding periods for portfolio company exits in 2017 YTD.Private Equity holding periods - histogram

While the data looks much like a normal distribution for holdings periods 0 – 8 years, there’s an unusual bump up in years 8 – 10. Read my previous explanation about this effect related to the recession of 2008 – 2010.

Also, a large portion of the longest held investments (12+ years), were European private equity firms holding European portfolio companies. Cultural difference.

September 27, 2017 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Holding Periods Trending Down

Holding periods for PE-owned portfolio companies correlate with macro-economic events – lengthening during recessionary periods and shortening during growth & recovery years.

The most recent data from www.PrivateEquityInfo.com shows median portfolio holding periods continue their slight downward trend as private equity firms capitalize on higher valuations.

Private Equity Holding Periods

  • Current = 5.0 years, (2017 YTD)
  • Peak = 5.7 years, (2014)
  • Low = 3.0 years, (early 2000’s dot com boom… although it went down to 3.5 years in 2008 as well)
June 26, 2017 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Smart, Contrarian Private Equity Firms

In studying our historical data of private equity portfolio company investments & exits, I found that the private equity community, as a group, tends to miss macro-economic trends, often buying at the peak and divesting at the bottom of market cycles. But select private equity firms got the timing quite right and some contrarian firms got it really right.

Below, I list the firms that nailed the timing of macro-economic events in their investment/exit strategies relative to the last major market cycle. See who made the list…

June 23, 2017 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

U.S. Private Equity – Reaching Further Geographically

U.S. private equity firms, on average, acquire approximately 75% of their portfolio companies outside their home state (up from 64% in 2010).

Reviewing historical data from our Research Database, there appears to be a gradual trend of PE firms increasingly investing further from home. I would speculate this correlates to an increase in fund sizes, permitting the financial buyers to acquire larger portfolio companies, thus justifying a larger geographic reach.

Private Equity Investing Inside/Outside Their Home State