The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association has released an online map of private equity showing that private equity firms have invested about €233 billion in European companies since 2007.
The United Kingdom attracted about €64.5 billion of private equity investment capital between 2007 and 30 June, 2012, the most out of the 20 European countries included in the map, according to the EVCA and PEREP Analytics’ pan-European private equity database. The UK, France and Germany attracted a combined €140.3 billion of private equity investments during the period, more than half of the total amount invested since 2007. The EVCA map features some 63 investment case studies of private equity investments throughout Europe, which houses an estimated 21,000 private equity-backed businesses.
“The map is a part of the EVCA’s ongoing effort to improve the accessibility of information about private equity, and explain the industry’s role in the economy with the support of research, data and case studies,” secretary-general of the EVCA Dörte Höppner said in a statement.
Out of the roughly 5,000 companies acquired by European private equity firms per year, roughly 83 percent are small and medium-sized enterprises, according to the EVCA.
Earlier this month, the EVCA released a study showing that mid-market private equity funds have consistently outperformed the broader private equity market in Europe over a long period of time. Mid-market GPs in Europe generated an average return of 17.2 percent between 1990 and 2011 while “all market” funds returned 9.1 percent during the same period.