Preqin’s Highs and Lows for 2012


February 1, 2013

January is the month to get the dealmaking and investment highlights of the previous year from the leading industry research teams. This week Preqin does not disappoint.

The Highs

– Preqin’s latest data shows that PE funds that closed in the final quarter of the year raised a similar amount to those closed in the previous quarter and it expects Q4 totals to increase by around 10-20% over Q3 as further information becomes available.

– A record 1,949 funds are currently on the road seeking an aggregate USD 797.1 billion (see graphic)

– North American deal flow reached a post-Lehman high in 2012, with 2,866 buyout deals announced valued at USD 254.6 billion.

– Quarterly infrastructure fundraising hits four-year high in Q4 2012 with a “significant” USD 11.9 billion raised by the eight unlisted infrastructure funds

– PE real estate fundraising reaches highest quarterly total since Q3 2008 with twenty-eight closed-end real estate funds raising an aggregate of USD 22.6 billion, more than double the USD 10.7 billion raised in Q3 2012.

The Lows

– VC deals activity continued to slide in Q4 2012 with a 6% drop in the number and 5% decline in the value of deals in comparison to Q3 2012, and a 13% and 23% decline in number and value from Q2 2012. Between 2011 and 2012 the aggregate value of deals announced dropped by 22%. (Image source: Preqin)

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