Buyouts: Market Overview & Financing Trends, US 1Q20

29 April 2020

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Private equity buyout activity enjoyed a robust start this year. 1Q20 buyout figures reached the third highest number in terms of deal count since 2001 with a total of 319 deals valued at USD 44.2bn. The quarter has been eclipsed only by 1Q18 (379 deals, USD 61.5bn) and 1Q19 (360 deals, USD 54.7bn) on Mergermarket record. After this strong start, LBO activity decreased steadily by count over the quarter, with only 88 buyouts announced in March, compared to 126 in January.
PE buyout activity increased its share of the overall M&A investment into the US by volume to 24.4% in 1Q20, compared to the average 20.3% share of quarterly deal count since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.