Private equity exits from software companies have picked up speed since their 10-year low in 2008. Since the beginning of 2005, PE investors have exited 245 U.S.- or Canada-based companies in the software industry, according to the PitchBook Platform. 45 of those exits came in 2012, a high-water mark in the time frame and up incrementally from a previous high of 42 in 2011.
Corporate acquisitions have easily been the most popular exit route, accounting for 64% of all the activity in the time frame. Secondary buyouts accounted for another 25%, and IPOs, for 11%.
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