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Private equity portfolio company performance during the global recession

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  • Wilson, Nick
  • Wright, Mike
  • Siegel, Donald S.
  • Scholes, Louise

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We assess the recent economic and financial performance of U.K. private equity (PE) backed buyouts. Our empirical evidence, which is based on thousands of transactions, reveals that PE-backed buyouts achieved superior economic and financial performance in the period before and during the recent global recession, relative to comparable firms that did not experience such transactions. Our regression results imply positive differentials of 5–15% in productivity and approximately 3–5% in profitability for buyout firms, relative to non-buyout firms. Another key finding is that revenue and employment growth for PE- backed firms were positive during the sample period.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Corporate Finance.

Volume (Year): 18 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 193-205

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Handle: RePEc:eee:corfin:v:18:y:2012:i:1:p:193-205

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Keywords: Management buyouts; Private equity; Total factor productivity; Employment; Financial performance; Global recession;

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  1. Scellato, Giuseppe & Ughetto, Elisa, 2013. "Real effects of private equity investments: Evidence from European buyouts," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(12), pages 2642-2649.

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