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State Street’s GX Private Equity Index shows strong performance in Q2 2017

The State Street Global Exchange SM Private Equity Index (GXPEI) ended the second quarter of 2017 with continued strong performance of 3.96 per cent, in line with the 3.95 per cent return posted in the first quarter.

The GXPEI is based on directly-sourced limited partnership data and represents more than USD2.5 trillion in private equity investments, with more than 2,800 unique private equity partnerships, as of 30 June 2017.
 
“European funds had a very strong quarter, partly driven by a weaker US dollar,” says Will Kinlaw, senior managing director and global head of State Street Associates®, a division of State Street Global Exchange. “However, setting aside the foreign exchange impact, the European funds still achieved a 3.72 per cent quarterly return in Euro, outperforming the US private equity funds in local currency terms. Interestingly, the GXPEI confirms the European recovery we have seen from public market in 2017.”
 
Buyout funds posted a 4.73 per cent gain in Q2, extending its streak as the leading segment among the three main strategies to six consecutive quarters. Private Debt funds maintained a steady gain of 3.08 per cent while Venture Capital fund returns dropped to 1.84 per cent.
 
European-focused private equity funds experienced a 10.54 per cent quarterly gain in USD-denominated terms (3.72 per cent in EUR-denominated IRR). US-focused funds returned 2.62 per cent, while funds focused on the rest of the world gained 3.05 per cent.
 
Among all sectors covered, industrials-focused funds saw the highest return, with a 4.73 per cent gain, followed by consumer-focused funds with a return of 4.36 per cent. Energy-focused funds posted a narrow gain of 0.26 per cent, down from the peak of 7.79 per cent in Q2 2016.
 
Q2 2017 saw higher volumes in both cash contribution and distribution compared to the same period of 2016. However, distribution remained at a higher level than contribution, thus investors received positive net cash flows in Q2.
 
“Private Equity fundraising has been increasing in recent years, however firms have been slow to deploy their capital in the first half of the year due to delays in the US tax reform and political uncertainty. Perhaps such uncertainty may create opportunities for Buyout funds,” says Anthony Catino, managing director, Alternative Investment Solutions for State Street.

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