According to Preqin:

  • Total PE fundraising for 2013 totaled $431 billion (up from $381 billion in 2012).
  • North America-focused PE funds that had a final close in 2013 raised $266 billion ($200 billion in 2012).
  • A majority (59%) of investors feel that Europe offers the best PE opportunities, while 54% favored North America (22% favored Asia).
  • Carlyle Partners VI was the largest North American fund closing in Q4 2013 ($13 billion), while CVC European Partners VI was the largest fund closing in all of 2013 ($14 billion).
  • In January 2014, a record 2,084 PE funds were seeking to raise $750 billion (1,949 PE funds were seeking $797 billion in January 2013).

According to Pitchbook:

  • There are 2,797 PE firms headquartered in the US.
  • There are 17,744 PE-backed companies headquartered in the US.
  • There are 7.5 million employees of US PE-backed companies.
  • US PE investment in 2013 was $426 billion ($407 billion in 2012) of which $131 billion was in Q4 2013.
  • Average equity financing in US LBOs in 2013 was 43.9% (31.8% in 2012 and 48.5% in 2009).

According to Bain & Company:

  • Total PE dry powder is $1.077 trillion!
  • $427 billion of the dry powder is allocated to buyout funds.
  • Debt-to-EBITDA multiples were 5.3x for 2013 US buyouts and 4.7x for European buyouts.

Big Four stock gains in 2013:

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