International Private Equity Investing in U.S. Companies
Historically, 5% to 8% of U.S. private equity platform acquisitions are made by PE firms outside the U.S.
2019 was the peak for this metric at 7.8%. That is, in 2019, 187 U.S.-based companies were acquired as new platform investments by international PE firms. (Add-on investments include a much larger number of acquisitions by international PE firms.)
The most targeted sectors by international private equity firms in 2021 were: Software, Healthcare, Technology, Data Analytics, and Food & Beverage (in that order).
During uncertain times, it appears international PE firms tend to lower their appetite for cross-border acquisitions, relative to the total deal volume.
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