From 2014 through the end of last year, private equity firms recorded an aggregate exit value of $1.7 trillion. Venture investors saw $224 billion over the comparable period. After such a sales spree, it seems fitting that exit volumes slid throughout 2016 for both PE and VC, although the implications of those declines are increasingly worth heeding.
In the face of consistently high prices, can the sellers' market remain intact for much longer?
For the first time, we've compiled both PE and VC data into one comprehensive overview. From general activity to median transaction sizes, our 2016 Annual PE & VC Exits report features a plethora of datasets, providing snippets of analysis on key drivers of exits over the past few years and how they may change in 2017.
A few highlights from the report, which is sponsored by Deloitte:
2016's venture-backed exits hit a five-year low in volume, recording only 1,152 completed
The PE investment-to-exit ratio persisted at a low of 2x, same as 2015