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Top Performing Private Equity Buyout Fund Managers - September 2012

by Vasilisa Starodubtseva

  • 21 Sep 2012
  • PE

Preqin’s Performance Analyst incorporates performance figures for over 6,000 funds, 1,410 of which are buyout funds. This data is used to produce rankings of the most consistent buyout fund performers, taking into account the two key performance indicators, the multiple and the IRR.

These rankings are compiled utilizing the funds for which Preqin holds both performance figures and has assigned a quartile ranking. The methodology used to compile these rankings is as follows: first, the funds carrying a vintage year of 2010, 2011 or 2012 are excluded from the dataset, followed by the exclusion of fund managers that have raised fewer than three funds of a similar strategy. The remaining firms are then allocated a score of one for a top quartile find, a score of two for a second quartile fund and so forth.

Analyzing the top 15 most consistent buyout managers, the highest ranked firms are FIMI and Waterland, based in Israel and the Netherlands respectively. Both of these firms have three of their four funds in the top quartile, with the remaining fund in the second quartile, and both firms have been assigned an average quartile rank of 1.25. Other well-known firms that feature within the top 15 list include Ares Management, Berkshire Partners, and TowerBrook Capital Partners. Although the majority of the top firms are based in the US or Europe, the list also features a manager based in an emerging market, Southern Cross Group, located in Argentina, and two Australian firms, Archer Capital and Quadrant Private Equity, which have an average quartile score of 1.4 and 1.5 respectively.

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