January 29, 2016
The buyout cycle has begun to slow, and last year was a turning point.
Our recently released 2015 Annual U.S. PE Breakdown is a thorough recap of all the private equity trends you need to know, covering dealmaking activity, deal multiples & debt levels, exits, fundraising and more. But not everyone has the time to read through a packed 20-page report, so we pulled 10 of the top charts featured in the breakdown for a visual summary of U.S. private equity last year.
To get access to the full report, click here.
2014 may well remain a peak for some time
Add-ons hit a record percentage of total buyout activity last year
Mega-deals came back in a big way in 2015, resurging to proportions unseen for years
Multiples slid last year, but competition for quality could slow the decline
2015 closed at a new high for total value of PE-backed exits, an immense $321 billion
At $240M, corporate buyers were happy to pay up in 2015
The 1.7x ratio demonstrates just how much of a seller’s market 2015 was
LP interest in PE vehicles remains quite high
Fund sizes hint at more targeted strategies and plentiful dry powder
Fundraisers are picking their targets more carefully