The Peracs Private Equity Barometer Q1 2009

The Barometer. which measures the current attractiveness of private equity investment, finds better prospects for returns today than halfway through last year

The Peracs Private Equity Barometer 1 provides a measure of attractiveness for private equity investments worldwide. The Barometer analyses private equity across a variety of industry categories for both the US and EU. It is based on broad and representative data on private equity performance and an empirically validated set of macroeconomic indicators of investment attractiveness. Peracs' Barometer provides insights as to the relative opportunities in private equity as indicated by these macroeconomic indicators.

For Q1 2009 the Barometer IRR points to the countercyclical nature of private equity. Setting aside the possible difficulties in executing private equity deals in the current climate, the opportunities are extremely attractive in many sectors. The average Barometer IRR for all sectors worldwide in Q1 2009 is 38.9 percent, against a Barometer IRR of 24.7 percent in Q2 2008.