Gains in the State Street Global Exchange Private Equity Index Slow for First Time in Two Years

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:22 pm EDT



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"In the first quarter of 2018, volatility spiked across all asset classes amid an environment of continued geopolitical uncertainties, escalating risks of trade wars and rising interest rates"

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The State Street Global Exchange® Private Equity Index (GXPEI) ended the first quarter of 2018 with a slight increase of 2.44 percent. The Buyout funds category ended its streak of eight quarters of outperformance with a 2.09 percent gain, lagging behind the 3.78 percent return from Venture Capital funds and 2.46 percent from Private Debt funds.

The PEI is based on directly-sourced limited partnership data and represents more than $2.8 trillion in private equity investments, with more than 2,800 unique private equity partnerships, as of March 31.

“In the first quarter of 2018, volatility spiked across all asset classes amid an environment of continued geopolitical uncertainties, escalating risks of trade wars and rising interest rates,” said Will Kinlaw, senior managing director and global head of State Street Associates®, a division of State Street Global Exchange. “Managers’ quarterly contribution rate dropped to a two year low and exit activities declined as well, indicating a tendency toward caution.”

First Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Buyout funds ended their eight-quarter streak of realizing the highest returns among the three main private equity strategies (Buyout, Venture Capital and Private Debt).
  • All strategies saw quarterly decreases in the level of returns.
    • Venture Capital led with a 3.78% return, down from 4.21% in Q4.
    • Private Debt funds with 2.46%, down from 3.15% in Q4.
    • Buyout saw the largest drop, falling to 2.09% from 5.23% in Q4.
  • Q1 2018 saw continued depreciation of the USD against the Euro of 2.42%.
    • European-focused private equity funds experienced a 2.88% quarterly gain in USD-denominated terms (0.41% in EUR-denominated IRR); US-focused funds returned 2.44%; and funds focused on the rest of the world gained 1.92%.
  • Among sectors, Information Technology funds led with a 5.20% quarterly return, down slightly from 5.91% in Q4. They were followed by Financial funds – the only sector to see an increase in returns from the previous quarter – rising to 4.93% from 2.66% in Q4. Industrials, the leader for the previous two quarters, saw returns drop to 1.56% from 6.68% in Q4.

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