Private equity fundraising slowed in the third quarter to the lowest quarterly amount of capital raised in three years, according to alternatives data provider Preqin.
During the quarter, 185 funds held a final close, securing an aggregate $73 billion. This figure could increase by as much as 20% as more information becomes available, Preqin said.
The lack of mega-buyout fund closes appeared to have contributed to the lower fundraising figure.
Still, fundraising for the year is likely to be strong, as $254 billion was raised by funds that closed in the first half.
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No mega-buyout funds closed during the industry’s typically quieter third quarter, according to Preqin. However, seven mega-funds are currently in the market looking to raise an aggregate $56 billion.
Other Key Q3 Facts:
- 158 funds held an interim close, securing an aggregate $30 billion
- 50% of funds closed exceeded their fundraising target, while a further 25% met their fundraising target
- First-time funds closed accounted for 9% of total capital secured by funds closed, up from 7% in Q2 and 5% in Q1
- 91 North America-focused funds held a final close, securing an aggregate $33 billion, down from 137 funds that secured $80 billion in Q2
- Europe-focused funds secured $25 billion compared with $40 billion in Q2
- Real estate fund Lone Star Fund IX, which held a final close on $7.2 billion, was the largest fund to close
- A record 2,205 funds are currently in market seeking an aggregate $774 billion, compared with 2,098 funds that were looking to raise $733 billion in January
- Dry powder for all private equity funds stood at an all-time high of $1.2 trillion, up from $1.1 trillion in December 2013
- Dry powder solely for buyout funds was at $464 billion, the highest figure since $481 billion in December 2009.
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