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Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity & Venture Capital, Q1 2017 Apr 2017
Many trends from the private equity asset class in 2016 have persisted in 2017 so far. Fundraising has become even more competitive as fund managers attempt to raise capital in a saturated market; the number of funds seeking commitments has increased by 74 vehicles since the beginning of the year and stands at a record 1,908. Since 2013, nearly $1.5tn has been returned to investors and distributions in the first half of 2016 ($257bn) suggest that the full-year figure will surpass the record $472bn from 2015. Despite the competition for investment, the majority of LPs are very liquid as a result of continuing distributions and are looking to maintain, if not increase, their exposure to the asset class.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Real Estate, Q1 2017 Apr 2017
Fundraising for private real estate slowed in Q1 2017 compared with recent quarters, with just 38 funds reaching a final close, raising an aggregate $16bn. Despite fund managers holding record levels of dry powder, deal activity has fallen in comparison with recent quarters. The number of completed private equity real estate deals was around a third lower, with 568 deals completed in Q1 2017 compared with 853 in Q4 2016, while aggregate deal value was also lower at $38bn compared with $57bn in Q4 2016. Despite some slowdown in these areas, private real estate continues to perform strongly for investors, with annualized returns of 14.9% for the three years to June 2016.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Debt, Q1 2017 Apr 2017
Eighteen private debt funds reached a final close in the first quarter of 2017, securing just under $20bn. Investor appetite has held firm for North America- and Europe-focused funds, while direct lending funds closed the period with the most vehicles and aggregate capital secured. However, with 284 private debt funds in market globally targeting more than $112bn, competition for investor allocations will remain fierce for the remainder of 2017.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Infrastructure, Q1 2017 Apr 2017
Q1 2017 saw the final close of the largest ever unlisted infrastructure fund; consequently, the first quarter of 2017 has seen an all-time high in terms of fundraising: 16 funds have reached a final close, securing $29bn in capital commitments. The number and estimated aggregate value of infrastructure transactions in Q1 2017 was lower than previous quarters at 339 and $206bn, after three quarters of growth in the market. Institutional investors in infrastructure maintain a strong preference for domestic investment opportunities; however, North America-based investors are more interested in exposure to global infrastructure markets than investors in Europe and Asia.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Natural Resources, Q1 2017 Apr 2017
At the end of 2016, investors were bullish on the future performance of their natural resources investments, with 35% of institutional investors surveyed by Preqin expecting the asset class to perform better in 2017 than it did in 2016. Fundraising has started strong in 2017, with the $25bn secured from 17 fund closures marking the third highest quarterly total on record, although much of this is again due to the dominance of a small pool of the largest managers. Furthermore, funds that are reaching a final close are experiencing greater success.
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