Global Private Equity Report 2018

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Overall, 2017 delivered very good news for the private equity industry. It was a year of increasing investment, strong exit markets, attractive returns and hot fund-raising activity.

All of this good news has attracted so much attention (and capital), however, that the industry’s structural challenges have sharpened:

  • If it’s possible, fund-raising has been too good, with an unprecedented $3 trillion raised over the past five years.
  • Investment dollars are indeed up, but deal count has dropped substantially since 2014.
  • Multiples are at all-time highs, with around half of all companies acquired priced in excess of 11 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

In such a frothy environment, how can funds generate the attractive returns their limited partners expect?

In Bain & Company’s latest Global Private Equity Report, we highlight how some leading PE firms are responding.