Private equity investors exited more U.S.-based B2C companies in 2012 than in any year since 2007. In fact, according to the PitchBook Platform, exits rose more than 30% between 2011 and 2012. And the strong activity doesn't look like it's ending very soon, thanks partly to a surge in private equity-backed IPOs this year.
Corporate acquisitions have accounted for half of all the B2C exits in the timeframe. Secondary buyouts in the B2C industry have slowed noticeably since 2010, falling from just under half of all of the industry's exits in 2010 to 32% so far this year. IPO activity, not surprisingly, has seen a significant bump this year over 2012. In fact, more PE-backed B2C companies have gone public so far this year than in any single year since 2007.
Food products companies accounted for 17% of the B2C exits in the timeframe, with specialty retail and automotive companies following with about 7% shares each.