Private Equity: American Investment Council Releases Deal Flow Report for 2019

March 24, 2020 | News, Private Equity

The American Investment Council released a report this week that shows that the private equity industry invested $309 billion in 4,788 businesses across all regions of the country.

The median investment in each private equity-backed business was $58.9 million. The top three sectors receiving the most private equity investment in 2019 were Business Products & Services ($93 billion), Information Technology ($64 billion), and Healthcare ($45 billion).

American Investment Council on Capital Flows

“Private equity’s total investment of $309 billion was a crucial driver of growth and innovation in every major sector of the American economy in 2019,” said AIC President and CEO Drew Maloney.

“By investing a median of $58.9 million into almost 5,000 businesses, private equity supported jobs not just in major cities, but in small communities stretching from Woburn, MA to Belen, NM and everywhere in between.”

The largest deals in the quarter included Brookfield Asset Management partnered with GIC to invest in the largest deal of 2019, acquiring U.S. freight railroad owner Genesee & Wyoming Inc for $8.4 billion. AIC member Warburg Pincus partnered with Bank J. Safra Sarasin and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, a Canadian public pension fund, to invest $7 billion in security and facility company Allied Universal in the second-largest deal of 2019.  Finally, IFM Investors purchased energy operator Buckeye Partners for $6.5 billion in the third-largest deal of 2019.

Most sectors did show a decline from investment levels in 2018 for the full year 2019. The largest declines were in Consumer Products and Services and Financial Services.

You can see the entire report here.

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