For the second straight year, the velocity of deal flow continues to rise among private equity firms. While still slower than in 2007, it shows a continued recovery from the bottom of the financial crisis in 2009.
In 2007, PE firms averaged a deal every 2.5 months. By 2009 that average had fallen to 4.8 months between deals. But in 2010 that number gradually improved to 4.1 months and so far in 2011, PE investors are averaging a deal every 3.6 months.