Distressed Private Equity Median Net IRRs and Quartile Boundaries

by Bronwyn Williams

  • 20 Aug 2010
  • PE

Distressed private equity funds of vitnages 2000, 2001 and 2003 have median net IRRs of approximately 18%, while the 2002 vintage median net IRR is the highest of all vintages, at 28.6%. Median IRRs are lower for later vintages, with vintages 2005, 2006 and 2007 standing at around 5%, though there is still time for performance to improve. The top quartile boundary follows a similar trend to the median. Vintage 2002 funds require an IRR above 50% to be considered top quartile. The bottom quartile boundary for vintages 2001 and 2002 funds is around 17.0%, a relatively high figure for funds to achieve to move out of the bottom quartile.

The data in this analysis was compiled using Preqin’s Performance Analyst. Please click for further information about private equity performance.

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