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4Q 2017Analyst Note: Is the Risk Worth the Wait?
Analyst Note: Is the Risk Worth the Wait?
This analyst note utilizes a simple methodology to gauge the risk/ return profile of buyout funds by analyzing the dispersion of fund returns over a 12-year period between 2000 and 2012. To do this we take the Sharpe ratio, which is generally used to analyze risk-adjusted returns of an individual fund, and apply that to groups of funds across different strategies, sizes and vintages. The analysis begins with a comparison of risk/return profiles between buyout funds and other private market strategies, then focuses solely on buyout funds across different vintages and sizes.
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RSM US & PitchBook Spotlight on Healthcare

2016 Annual

RSM US & PitchBook Spotlight on Healthcare

RSM US has published its Quarterly Private Equity Deal Flow Profile for the healthcare industry. Powered by the PitchBook Platform, the report offers in-depth insight and analysis of M&A and private equity activity, exits and performance in the industry.

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Fintech Analyst Report Part IV: Insurance

2017

Fintech Analyst Report Part IV: Insurance

PitchBook's Fintech Analyst Report on insurance delves into the forces driving VC, PE and strategic investment in the technology disrupting the insurance industry. Given a terrible customer service track record and bloated infrastructure, the global insurance industry stands poised to be disrupted. Nimble, technology-driven firms are challenging the status quo by targeting niche inefficiencies in the insurance value chain from customer acquisition to back-office processing, using behavioral economics and technologies like IoT and cloud.

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US PE & VC IPO Review

2016

US PE & VC IPO Review

Despite Snap's much-hyped debut, the initial public offering (IPO) market's prospects still remain considerably in flux, mainly as that one debut was so much of an outlier in many respects. Given private equity and venture capital firms' unique sets of incentives, the picture becomes much more interesting. PitchBook's 2016 US PE & VC IPO Market Review breaks down multiple datasets in order to provide a compact overview of relevant metrics and private investor-sponsored debut activity in general. Sponsored by Deloitte, the Review also includes their industry experts' analysis of what factors private companies should focus on as they prepare to go public.

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PE & VC Fundraising Report

2016

PE & VC Fundraising Report

PitchBook's 2016 Annual PE & VC Fundraising Report analyzes fundraising and dry powder figures from last year through the lens of what factors drove levels to record highs, and how those might affect the near-term futures of each industry. Venture capital had a banner year, raising more than $51 billion for funds located across North America and Europe. While the fundraising total for private equity might not have been a record, more than $268 billion in commitments was secured, the highest total since 2013, taking its total raised in the past four years to more than $1 trillion. Capital overhangs for both industries sit at the highest totals we have seen, spurred by the historic fundraising levels and the depressed dealmaking environments we have seen over the past year-plus. Even while fundraising isn't likely to reach levels we have seen over the past few years during 2017, both PE and VC are well stocked for the future.

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PE & VC Exits

2016 Annual

PE & VC Exits

For the first time ever, PitchBook has combined multiple datasets on both private equity and venture capital exit activity into one data-centric publication, in order to provide a comprehensive overview of private investment liquidity trends. Covering exits of companies based in both North America and Europe, the 2016 Annual PE & VC Exits delves into exit flow, sales by type and size, sector analysis and more, emphasizing a data-driven approach that leans more heavily on multiple cuts and keeps analysis short and to the point. Sponsored by Deloitte, with insight from their Emerging Growth Company Practice on best practices in IPO readiness, the publication provides a concise overview on everything you need to know about PE and VC liquidity.

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Annual European PE Breakdown

2016

Annual European PE Breakdown

As 2017 begins, the private equity scene in Europe remains quite complex, with multiple variables potentially exerting a significant effect on dealmaking conditions remaining unknown or uncertain still. Dry powder remains lofty on a global basis, while larger US PE investors are still sourcing abroad as the domestic US environment remains pricey. Furthermore, the broader macro scene in Europe remains volatile, with significant election-related uncertainty persisting, the specter of Brexit being actualized looming and economic indicators still muted at best. In the 2016 Annual European PE Breakdown, PitchBook analysts present their overview of what transpired in 2016 across the continent in PE, examining datasets on fundraising, dealmaking, PE-backed exits and more. Identifying the key trends from last year, they then present a forecast of what is most settled going into 2017. Sponsored by Merrill Corporation, the PE Breakdown draws on data from the PitchBook Platform to analyze trends from a variety of angles.

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VC Liquidity

2016

VC Liquidity

VC-backed exits in Europe and North America saw a significant decline during 2016. Many factors created turmoil in the public markets which resulted in the fewest IPOs since 2010, and while acquisition's continued to be the most common exit route by a wide margin, the actual number of completed transactions fell by 267 YoY. Late-stage capital in the form of "private IPOs" had been a major theme during 2015, likely pushing the need for an exit or capital raise past 2016, further adding to the decline. The PitchBook 2016 Annual VC Liquidity Report sifts through exit datasets from Europe and North America to analyze trends that shaped the 2016 year in exits.

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European Venture Report

2016

European Venture Report

Venture capital in Europe saw substantial decline during 2016, as deal activity and deal value fell by roughly 25% each. While Brexit was been the major story to come out of Europe last year, plenty of other factors proved to be a source of the overall decline in venture. PitchBook's 2016 Annual Europe Venture Report provides datasets and analysis for context our all aspects of venture capital in the region, including investment by sector and region, fundraising and exits, as well as a special report section that breaks down venture specific to the UK.

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Annual Global League Tables

2016

Annual Global League Tables

PitchBook's 2016 Annual Global League Tables is the comprehensive ranking of private equity and venture capital activity worldwide for the year as a whole. The report breaks down top investors by region, firm headquarters, AUM and more, as well as the most active law firms and acquirers of PE-backed and VC-backed companies. In addition, there are multiple tables detailing which service providers are most active in a given deal type, such as the law firms that most frequently service buyouts.

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Annual US PE Middle Market Report

2016

Annual US PE Middle Market Report

The 2016 Annual US PE Middle Market Report examines private equity investment in the US middle market as it progressed throughout last year. Competition from strategic acquirers forced PE firms to look for value in smaller portfolio compnies, which in turn has prompted an increase in lower-middle-market deal value. Sponsored by Madison Capital Funding and developed in partnership with ACG and Deloitte, the report also covers PE exit and fundraising activity to provide a comprehensive overview of PE activity in all segments of the middle market.

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