Nov 12, 2008

Private equity deal flow & returns

Private equity firms aren't seeking 10 or 20% returns. They want to buy businesses with fully-capped (unlevered) returns around 30% and cash on cash returns (levered) in the neighborhood of 50%.

How many deals does a PE shop have to look at before they find the ones they want to fund? The deal flow funnel below gives you some idea of the process and the attrition rate.

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