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PitchBook’s 1Q 2015 Quarterly Recap

  • Posted By: Ari Cuperfain

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Private equity and venture capital research firm, PitchBook, has started a quarterly recap series where they highlight recent developments from the past quarter in PE, VC and M&A. Trends from 2014 have largely continued into the first quarter of 2015, and we will cover some of the highlights in PE and M&A.

The first quarter of 2015 saw 60 new funds close globally for a total of $56.6 billion. This is lower than the previous quarter (95 funds for $87.5 billion), likely due to a decrease in the number of closed Europe-focused funds. Both PE deal count and capital invested were also down compared to 4Q 2014, with 1,124 deals closed for a total of $207.8 billion. B2B was the largest industry represented in PE deals in 1Q 2015 with 446 total deals.

In M&A news, positive trends from 2014 have carried over into the new calendar year. Both deal number and value continue to soar. In total, $489 billion worth of deals closed in the first quarter globally, the highest reported quarter in two years. Consolidation continues to be a major theme in the healthcare sector with the recent acquisition of Catamaran by UnitedHealth Group for $12.8 billion in cash. Deal flow is expected to stay strong moving into 2Q 2015.

Take a look at the full PitchBook 1Q Recap Report.

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