Confidence in the UK private equity market remains strong despite a slowdown in the overall number of exits, the latest figures from drxDATA reveal.In the first quarter of 2017, there was a 16% decline in the number of exits achieved in comparison to the first quarter of 2016. The number of IPOs remained constant however and there was a fractional increase in the number of secondary private equity acquisitions taking place, rising 2.27% year on year.Commenting on the figures, Graham Roadnight, Drax’s Managing Partner, said:
"The figures show that there has been a slowdown in the total number of private equity exits taking place in the UK compared to last year, as volumes continue to decline from their peak in 2014. However the number of IPOs taking place has held steady year on year, and the volume of second private acquisitions has actually increased, which shows that the underlying PE market remains extremely healthy and that confidence amongst investors remains high. Our figures show that there are clearly still many good investments out there and successful deals to be done.”According to drxData, there was an overall drop of 25% in private equity exits between 2015 and 2016 which indicates that the private equity market is currently within the investment period of their deal cycle.
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