Canadian PE, 2014: Historical Context

  • Posted By: Ari Cuperfain

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Following the financial crisis, there has been an exponential increase in the number of PE investments in Canada. Aside from 2014, which was slightly lower than in 2013, annual deal count has increased in each of the last five years. More importantly, activity far exceeds pre-crisis levels in Canada, suggesting a full recovery of Canadian PE activity.

Annual Median Deal Size in Canadian Private Market

Median Canadian deal size has been quite variable post-crisis. From 2004 to 2008, the annual median deal size ranged from $15.1 million to $25.3 million. By comparison, from 2009 to 2014, the median transaction size ranged from $4.5 million to $29.5 million. This variability suggests that the range of PE deal sizes has increased as the PE market has evolved and matured. Over the past five years, hundreds of PE firms have moved down-market and are executing comparatively smaller deals.

Next we will look at the industry breakdown for Canadian PE activity. While deal count has increased across the board, some industries have fared particularly well, such as commodities and B2B.

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