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The current state of US private equity in 7 charts

Here are seven key charts from our 2016 Annual US PE Breakdown, including the latest data on EBITDA multiples, company inventory, exit value and fundraising success.

Here are seven key charts from our 2016 Annual US PE Breakdown, which is available for free by clicking here.

Median EBITDA multiples of US M&A (including buyouts)

Median enterprise value surged to 10.9x EBITDA for M&A transactions. In short, there are too many dollars chasing too few feasible investment opportunities.


US PE-backed company inventory

Heightened company inventory limits available targets, while also prompting concerns around the quality of the typical current portfolio company.

US PE activity in IT & energy

The tech & energy sectors enjoy relatively stronger PE deal flow.

US add-on % of buyout activity

Add-ons have hit perhaps a peak proportion of all buyout activity in the US, as PE firms source within lower reaches of the middle market.

US PE-backed exit activity

Exit value remains strong on a historical basis even as volume slides.

US PE-backed exits ($B) by type

The corporate M&A environment still drives much of exit value for PE sellers, even if exit volume is also heavily reliant on fellow PE sponsors.

US PE funds (#) to hit target

PE firms are continuing to experience nigh-unprecedented success in fundraising, testifying to even more targeted fundraising strategies and limited partners' willingness to maintain exposure to the asset class.

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