Double Digit PE Returns for Endowments in 2014


February 5, 2015

It is that time of the year again when PE performance at  US endowments of college and universities  is reported  by the National Association of College and University Business Officers-Commonfund. Its survey of 832 higher education institutions in the US revealed that PE, which includes buyout and mezzanine funds, delivered net of fee returns of 16.5% (amongst endowments larger than USD one billion).


This figure is an improvement over last  year’s 9.1%. (See table above for more information).   Venture capital returns were outstanding for 2014, rising to 23.3% in the latest fiscal year, from 6.1% the year before, as were returns from natural resource and energy rose in the latest fiscal year to 15.3%, from 4.7%. It is worth noting that the report also revealed that returns from both domestic and international equities were higher than PE returns.

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