Looking back: our reflections on the financial year 2016-2017 in the mid-market private equity market.
“The continued fall out of the financial crisis combined with a year of political uncertainty across some of the biggest markets in the developed world have altered the characteristics of M&A activity.
The political change we have seen worldwide over the last year not only stifles economic growth but feeds uncertainty in the markets. Uncertainty breeds stock market volatility, which, in turn, inhibits IPO activity. Interest rates have also been at record lows since the financial crisis of 2008 to encourage borrowing for investment and spur growth. This means that investors have been attracted to the long-run, double-digit returns of the private equity asset category, and you can see why – private equity investors have seen annualized returns of 16.4% since FY 2014-15.”
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