Private Equity funded the second busiest quarter in two years in third quarter 2010. The quarter yielded 316 investments totaling $28 billion, and 97 exits, totalling $16.8 billion. According to Pitchbook, each of those totals represents an increase from third quarter 2009, suggesting that Private Equity may be at the beginning of a recovery stage.
In addition to Private Equity continuing to become active, capital on the sidelines remains high. There is $485 Billion of Private Equity raised funds in the United States that has not yet been put to work. SDR believes that over the next 18 months, private equity will begin putting this money to work as the capital markets begin to stabilize.