The Business Times
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The environment for finding and winning deals didn't get any easier in 2017, but private equity generated a strong increase in investment value during the year. Global buyout value, including add-on transactions, grew 19 percent in 2017 to US$440 billion, supported by a stream of large public-to-private deals.
Global deal count, however, was essentially flat, growing just 2 percent to 3,077 deals. That's off 19 percent from 2014, the high-water mark for deal activity in the current economic cycle, as PE funds wrestled with a number of market challenges.
This disconnect between the value and number of deals done reflects a stubborn dynamic affecting deal making in most regions around the world: While funds have ample money to spend, they have too few attractive targets to spend it on.
As discussed in Bain & Company's Global Private Equity Report 2018, investors have allocated more capital to private equity over the past five years than at any time in history.
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The writers are leaders of Bain & Company's Private Equity practice.