We recently published a datagraphic summarizing PE fundraising, dealmaking and exits for the most recent quarter. Today our editorial staff has compiled a couple key points looking ahead to 4Q (see below).
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Big Exits Looming
While still strong, PE exit numbers worldwide in 3Q—467 by count totaling $99 billion—didn't quite match the record highs of previous quarters, but that could be set to change in the coming months. A number of massive transactions are on tap, including the $9.1 billion SunGard Data Systems acquisition by FIS (NYSE: FIS) and the potential First Data and Albertsons public offerings, which could raise around $2.5 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively.
European Fundraising Booming
A big 3Q for global PE fundraising was bolstered by European firms, which closed 23 vehicles on over €20 billion combined, the most capital raised in a quarter since 2013. Looking forward, plenty of European PE shops are reportedly prepping for new vehicles, as well, with Apax Partners, BC Partners, Cinven and Permira all said to be setting up for their next big raises.
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