Private Markets Deal Level DPI Returns Softening in Response to Weak Market

NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ –The latest CEPRES Private Capital Market Outlook shows how Q2 2020 M&A deal value in the US declined by 60% quarter-on-quarter which also represents a 50% decrease year-on-year. These developments in the US exit markets reflect the weak market and investor sentiment during Q2, most likely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Comparing to the last crisis, post-GFC private markets deal level median gross DPI (Distributions to Paid-in) recovered sharply to a 1.50x median DPI in 2009 compared to those deals with investment years between 2006 and 2008. This is followed by a softening of deal level DPI returns, with deals from 2012 and 2013 at 0.75x and 0.51x gross DPI, respectively, despite being seven to eight years old. If exits and realization proceeds do not gather pace, DPI returns will continue to be subdued.

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