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The Dashboard section gives insight into a whole lot of regional and global financial transactions including, but not limited to, IPOs, M&As, corporate earnings, banking, private equity & venture capital deals, Sukuk issuance, crowdfunding deals, investment patterns, sovereign wealth fund deals, among others. In this issue, Wealth Monitor gives a summary of global private equity deals.
Private equity (PE) in 2015 turned in a solid year against a backdrop of slowing global economy, increasing volatility in public equity markets and feverish competition that drove investment multiples to new highs, according to the seventh annual bellwether Global Private Equity Report released by Bain & Company. New PE deal-making ground on steadily in 2015, as it has every year since 2010 – the start of this remarkably durable PE cycle. Deal value for announced global buyouts totalled $282 billion, a shade more than in 2014, and deal count dropped 14 percent – a tad lower than last year.
By 2015, limited partners (LPs) enjoyed a fifth consecutive year when distributions outpaced capital calls, generating strong net positive cash flows. For general partners (GPs), sharpening their focus on deal sourcing, investment thesis articulation and post-close value addition have never been more important, and they are hurrying to raise their games on these and many other fronts. The past year also saw the best environment for fund-raising since the pre-crash boom.
Last year, the $175 billion that GPs attracted for commitments in new buyout funds came in 11 percent below the amount GPs had raised in 2014. Despite this, GPs setting out to raise new funds in 2015 saw one of the best fundraising environments since the last boom, despite overall numbers that were down slightly from last year.
By region, 2015 buyout activity grew in North America, largely reflecting stronger economic fundamentals in the U.S, but dipped in Asia and Europe. Reported buyout deal value totaled $282 billion globally – the strongest year since the global financial crisis – as dry powder increased to a near-record $460 billion.