Private equity investment into European companies rose by 14 percent to EUR 47.4 billion in 2015, according to new figures from Invest Europe (previously known as the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association).
Invest Europe’s 2015 European Private Equity Activity report provides verified data gathered directly from more than 1,200 European private equity firms, covering 91 percent of the EUR 564 billion in capital under management in Europe.
Almost 5,000 companies across Europe benefited from private equity and venture capital investment last year. Of these, 86 percent were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and nearly half of the total attracted private equity funding for the first time.
Venture capital investment increased by 5 percent at EUR 3.8 billion, while buyout investment grew 16 percent to EUR 36.3 billion. Growth investments reported an increase of 11 percent to EUR 6.5 billion, reaching their highest level since 2008.
“Despite volatile financial markets and macroeconomic challenges, private equity and venture capital continue to be a solid source of investment capital for growing European companies,” said Invest Europe’s chief executive Dörte Höppner.