Add-on acquisitions are still proving to be an appealing way for private equity investors to build up existing portfolio companies. So far this year, PE-backed companies have added on 354 U.S. companies, according to the PitchBook Platform. The Industrial Supplies & Parts sub-sector of the Commercial Products sector is the most active sub-sector this year for PE-backed acquisitive activity, accounting for about 6% of the add-ons in 2012 to date. Another popular sub-sector is B2B Media & Information Services, coming in at 3%.
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