The Pulse of Private Equity – 1/23/2017

US PE company inventory still poses questions

As of the end of 2016, there were 7,168 companies backed by private equity firms in the US. That represents a 46% increase over the 4,923 recorded in 2009. Even though the majority of those businesses are on the younger side in terms of when they were invested in, there is still a significant portion that has been held for over six years. Part of that is due to slowing exit activity throughout last year, but it also raises questions about portfolio company quality…