European Private Equity Returns Fall 25% in 2008

According to data published by the EVCA and Thomson Reuters, Private Equity returns in Europe dropped 25% in 2008. Large-cap buyouts were hardest hit over the short-term, with a fall in net asset value of 27.1% to year-end, while mid-cap buyouts were 17.9% down for the year.

That being said, there’s always a silver lining.  Despite the slump in so-called short-term horizons, annualised private equity returns or the internal rate of return (IRR) – which tracks returns from the funds’ inception to December 2008 – were up 10.3% in 2008, with buyout funds returning 14.2%.


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