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EMEA Private Equity Market Snapshot: Issue 4

Welcome to the fourth issue of EMEA Private Equity Market Snapshot, a quarterly publication focusing on the private equity (PE) market in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA).

In our fourth edition we take a look at the EMEA PE market over the course of 2014, noting that it has been an interesting year with increased strategic M&A activity, including the rise in credit-focused investments and activity in non-core sectors, including Financials. Although investment activity did not reach the same level seen in 2013, we consider, does EMEA remain an attractive destination for global private equity firms?

In addition we note how IT and Infrastructure sectors have heated, with IT attracting the most deal over the course of the year, whereas geographically we note Germany has seen a decline with entries falling by 11% in 2014.

Highlights include:

  • Investments by EMEA PE Firms declined in 2014 with a 15.5% decrease in capital invested and a 6% decrease in new deals from 2013
  • IT & Finance heat up - The IT sector attracted the most deals over the course of 2014, with 1701 investments worth €12bn of capital. €33.2bn was invested into the Financial sector in 2014, a 29% increase in deal volume compared to 2013
  • Germany slows down with entries falling by 11% in 2014. Exit deal volume also saw a significant decrease of 71% from €26.6bn in 2013 to €7.6bn in 2014

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In the appendix of each issue is a data pack which provides a top-down view of the market compared to its position at the same point in time last year.  Included in the data pack are charts showing transaction numbers and volumes among EMEA-based PE and venture capital (VC) targets, transaction volumes and deal counts undertaken by EMEA-based PE firms and VCs, and sector-level multiples for private equity and the region’s broader merger and acquisition market.

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