Private equity - Statistics & Facts

Private equity is money invested in firms which have not made their initial public offering or IPO. Private equity consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies. The capital that is raised from investors, whether retail or institutional, can be used in a number of ways. It is often used to invest in or to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, to make acquisitions or to strengthen a balance sheet. It is not unusual for large private equity transactions to take place. In 2018, Genstar Capital was the largest private equity investor worldwide with 88 deals.

In 2018, private equity companies worldwide raised 426 billion U.S. dollars. The vast majority of the capital was raised in the United States. In Canada, the industry which attracted the most private equity deals was industrial and manufacturing in 2018.

The second largest region for private equity is Asia, where 90 billion U.S. dollars was raised by private equity companies in 2018. The value of private equity assets under management has risen steadily in the region since 2010. In 2018, the average private equity deal amounted to 144 million U.S. dollars.

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