European private equity gaining momentum again (EU)

Preliminary figures released yesterday (July 26, 2010) in the Q2 2010 unquote" Private Equity Barometer (published by unquote" and sponsored by Candover, a European private equity house) reveal deal values of €25.2 bln. for H1 2010, more than double last year's values.

European private equity
- The total number of European private equity-backed transactions in the first half of 2010 has achieved a striking rise of 211% in value terms to €25.2 bln. from €8.1 bln. in H1 2009. The period has also seen a boost of 23% in volume terms, with 555 deals completed, compared with 451 in 2009.
- More than 300 deals have been completed in Q2 2010, up 18% from 254 deals in Q1 2010. Deal value figures reinforced this positive momentum, with transactions for the quarter totaling €13.9 bln. from €11.4 bln. in Q1 2010, an increase of close to 22% quarter-on-quarter.

- Buyouts drove the momentum in the market, with activity levels rising 56%, with 167 deals in H1 2010, compared to 107 in H1 2009.
- In value terms, buyouts quadrupled to €20.7 bln. in H1 2010, from €5.3 bln. in H1 2009.
- Volumes in Q2 2010 rose from 95 to 72, with value totaling €11.2 bln., up from €9.5 bln. in Q1.
- The increase in buyouts has been driven by the €100 €1 bln. mid-market segment, which recorded 32 deals in Q2 2010, up 68% from Q1. However, deals valued at more than €1 bln. remained scarce, with just one transaction in Q2 2010: the €1.1 bln. buyout of Irish aircraft leasing company Avolon by Cinven, CVC Capital Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners.
- While the UK remained the most active market in Europe, other established markets such as Germany and the Nordic region recorded impressive gains.

Commenting on the latest figures, John Arney, Managing Partner of Candover, said: "The first half of the year has shown a marked increase both in value and volume of deals, particularly in the mid-market. While the focus for a number of buyout houses over the last year has been on managing their existing portfolios, it is good to see the markets opening up and providing a competitive environment for new deals. This will have a knock-on effect on exit opportunities, which will further unlock the market as a whole."

Source: Tulchan Communications LLP

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