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European PE Breakdown

2Q 2017

European PE Breakdown

July 20, 2017

European PE Breakdown
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In many ways, European PE activity mirrors the PE landscape in the United States. Deal and exit volumes
are on a downward trend and looking at 20% or greater year-over-year decreases if the current pace
continues. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the year plays out now that the significant political uncertainty
appears to be in the rear-view mirror for the time being.

Highlights of the report:

  • PitchBook expects strong deal flow throughout the rest of the year, primarily powered by the massive sums PE firms still hold in dry powder
  • Weaker corporate acquisition volume has helped lower pricing pressures across the market on the whole, with median EV/EBITDA multiples declining somewhat in 1H
  • The European PE industry is on pace to raise the most in capital commitments since 2007