Francisco Partners has been named the top-performing firm in the 2020 HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking.
The San Francisco-headquartered tech specialist came top out of 529 private equity (PE) firms analysed, delivering an aggregate performance that was 2.40 standard deviations above the average. Genstar Capital Partners, and Vitruvian Partners were ranked second and third, respectively. Thoma Bravo, which had held top spot for the previous three years remained in the top 10 performing funds in the sample, at sixth position.
The annual ranking, developed on the research of HEC Professor and MJ Hudson Fund Performance Analytics founder, Oliver Gottschalg, draws on an analysis pool of hundreds of qualifying private equity firms and this year assessed 977 funds, managed by 529 firms. These underlying funds raised an aggregate of USD1.4 trillion, between 2009 and 2016.
The data used in the analysis is drawn from publicly and commercially available sources (e.g. Preqin), as well as the firms, themselves. A proprietary methodology calculates the aggregate performance of each firm, based on a number of different performance measures and is able to aggregate performance across vintage years and considering both relative and absolute returns.
Gottschalg says: “While performance rankings have existed for many other areas (the “best business school”, the “best stock market analyst”), nothing worth that name exists in private equity. The PE industry is notorious for being opaque and access to any data is chronically difficult. The HEC-DowJones PE Rankings, sponsored by MJ Hudson want to change this perception, shedding light on the greatest outperformers and the most successful strategies over a decade.”
Matt Craig-Greene, Chief Marketing Officer of MJ Hudson and head of its IR & Marketing Solutions practice, says: “Those investing in private equity funds are increasingly unlikely to accept a manager-calculated IRR as a fair measure of performance. And PE fund managers with genuine outperformance deserve a measure that can demonstrate their skill, accurately and impartially. MJ Hudson is delighted to sponsor the HEC-DowJones ranking and to count Prof. Gottschalg as a colleague. One of our key missions is to bring more transparency into private markets investing and we will continue to invest in initiatives, such as these, to achieve it.”