Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Private Equity, a market with strong growth driver - part IV

This dynamic cache, however, concerns related to the evolution of the activity. One of the first consequences of market development of private equity buyout is the generalization of so-called secondary, tertiary and even quaternary view, consisting of leveraged acquisitions of companies already owned by one or more other funds. In 2006, the third type of LBO acquisitions was made through these resale between funds. This type of assembly raises serious concerns particularly related to the high level of debt in these successive operations, which raised fears of a bubble bursting. Indeed, the succession of holding recovery strengthens the total weight of debt in financing the acquisition. But a classic LBO average 70% funded by debt. We can now understand the anxieties expressed about the level of debt when several successive LBOs are made on the same entity.

On the other hand, in a context of rising interest rates, the sector should experience difficulties, but still far from an economic downturn. Indeed, this market should continue to grow in the coming years, particularly in France where many companies are to sell, LBO funds have gained credibility recognized, will no doubt key players in the market.

The number of mega deals (ie acquisitions exceeding the one billion Euros) is more important, the private equity funds have no choice but to raise more funds. This requires, of course, on the one hand by increasing the resources collected from traditional capital providers. But also, for the sake of being less dependent on suppliers of capital and at the same time less sensitive to changes (particularly increased) interest rates on financial markets, the alternative "fund raising" on the stock market seems obvious. The money, usually so discrete and whose activity is based on the original financing of non hand, may now be found in the coast!