AVCA and EY Research release: Private Equity in Africa is moving to a new phase of maturity

02 Apr 2014

LAGOS, 2ND APRIL 2014: Release today, the second annual joint study by the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and EY confirms private equity (PE) in Africa is becoming a more established asset class in the region’s investment landscape.

The African PE Exits study, Broadening horizons, examined the results and methods of PE exits between 2007- 2013 and recorded a total of 207 realizations by PE fund managers in Africa, for transactions with an entry enterprise value of at least US$1m and where PE firms had fully exited their investments.

Michelle Kathryn Essomé, AVCA Chief Executive says, “The Study finds that PE in Africa continues to outperform comparable listed equities indexes, confirming it is a key asset class to access the astounding growth fundamentals of Africa. Even more positively for the industry, our analysis shows that PE’s outperformance has increased for companies exited since 2011, attesting to the greater experience that PE has gained and used to its advantage since the early years of investing in Africa.”

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