Private equity firms have exited 507 U.S.-based B2C companies since the beginning of 2010, according to the PitchBook Platform. 2012 was the big year for such exits, which, at 158 for the year, experienced a 40% jump in count from 2011. 2013 slowed down a bit from 2012's selling frenzy, but not by much (down less than 13%).
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Going back to 2010, firms have made an increasing number of exits in one B2C sector—restaurants, hotels & leisure. This space recorded a steady increase in exit count from 2010's ten exits until its high-water mark of 30 in 2013. Part of that increase in 2013 was due to a flurry of hotel exits last year. 2013's count of 13 hotel exits was almost double the number of similar exits from 2010 to 2012 combined.
Looking at the exits by type, 2013 was the slowest year in the timeframe for secondary buyouts, which fell from 63 deals in 2012 to only 44 last year. Sales to corporations didn't fall nearly as much—last year's 75 acquisitions were only 10% down from the prior year but still up about 39% from 2011 levels.