Preqin’s Funds in Market product reveals that there are 204 buyout vehicles in market currently seeking an aggregate USD 176 billion in capital commitments. 43% have already had at least one interim close and aggregate commitments for these funds currently stands at just under USD 36 billion.
In terms of the number of buyout funds currently on the road, 48% primarily target the North American market, 31% predominantly seek investment opportunities in Asia and Rest of World and the remaining 21% focus mainly on investments across Europe. The average size of buyout funds on the road is USD 909 million.
The largest buyout fund currently in market is Apax Europe VIII, aiming to raise EUR 9 billion for investments across Europe. The fund is managed by Apax Partners and concentrates investment across five chosen growth sectors: technology and telecoms, retail and consumer, media, healthcare and financial and business services.
Preqin’s data reveals that since the beginning of 2011, 70 buyout funds reached their final close raising an aggregate USD 47 billion in capital commitments. Of these 70 funds, 47% have a primary investment focus on North America and raised just under USD 24 billion in aggregate capital. 29% of the funds focus investment in Europe raising USD 13 billion in aggregate capital. The remaining 24% of vehicles, which primarily target opportunities across Asia and Rest of World, raised just over USD 10 billion of aggregate capital.