January 13, 2016
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PE-Backed IPOs: Down but Not Out

EY’s Peter Witte explains the drop in PEbacked IPOs in 2015.

EY’s Peter Witte explains the drop in PEbacked IPOs in 2015.

PE-Backed IPOs: Down but Not Out
2015 in Review

Peter Witte, EY: In 2014, we saw about $110 billion worth of PE-backed IPOs. In 2015, we’re on track for about half of that. The first half of the year started out with some moderate IPO activity. There was some fatigue on the side of investors, just from the pace of deals that we’ve seen over the last few years.

When the summer hit, and some concerns around China surfaced, that essentially closed out the IPO market for most issuers for the balance of the year. Fortunately, we didn’t see the same thing on the trade-sale side.

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