The Pulse of Private Equity – 2/20/2017

Steady volume of funds geared toward US lower middle market

Since 2013, a significant uptick in the number of private equity funds geared toward the lower middle market—sized between $100 million and $500 million, according to PitchBook methodology—has occurred. 2013 was undoubtedly a peak, with 107 closed in that year alone, but the volume has hardly slackened much since, as 94 vehicles were wrapped in 2016. One driver of this trend has undoubtedly been the entrance of new fund managers into the market…