London (PRWEB UK) 23 October 2012
Q3 European deal flow plummets 35%, values fall 14%
Preliminary figures released today in the Q3 2012 unquote” Private Equity Barometer (published by unquote”) in association with Arle Capital Partners
Overall European Private Equity
Commenting on the figures, John Arney, Managing Partner of Arle Capital Partners said:
“The seemingly intractable mess that Europe's politicians find themselves in has done nothing to inspire confidence in the Private Equity market over the last quarter and these buyout statistics bear this out.
“While the figures this quarter paint a picture of sluggish deal flow and falling activity levels, there are some interesting positive trends emerging. Average deal size increased to the highest level in a year with the buyout space recording its third consecutive quarterly rise, showing that there is a real hunger to get deals done if macro-circumstances can be overcome.
“The secondary market saw a marked increase in deals making them the most popular type of transaction, ahead of traditionally dominant family and private vendors. At a time when the market is cautious, sellers are finally ready to do deals after months of watching and waiting and they are seeking out receptive buyers in the PE community.
“Looking at the remainder of the year, we see no signs of any significant increase in deal flow. With uncertainty remaining across the European markets, we face a glacial end to 2012 unless convincing political intervention thaws the market.”
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Arle Capital Partners
John Arney/Julie Foster: +44 (0) 20 7895 2754
Christian Mahne: +44 (0) 20 3488 3100 / +44 (0) 7983 555 888
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