See below an excellent report providing insight into the global private equity marketplace. Published by the World Economic Forum and titled Globalization of Alternative Investments - The Global Economic Impact of Private Equity 2008 the report analyzed over 21,000 private equity transactions between 1970 and 2007.
Interesting investment activity related findings include;
- 42% of private equity transactions are exited within 5 years (most firms from our coverage within PEdatabase tend to mention a target investment horizon of 3 - 5 years)
- US and Western European private equity activity represent all but 12% of the global total
- Continual shift from investments in just mature/traditional industries such as machinery and retail toward increased buyout activity in high-growth/tech related industries (makes sense given growth of specialist/crossover firms such as Silver Lake, Technology Crossover Ventures, and Summit Partners)
- Most common avenue for exit is sale to a strategic buyer (39% of total)
The report also analyzes private equity ownership in regards to “employment”, “governance”, and “long-run investment” commitments.