New Report: Private Equity Invested $331 Billion in U.S. Businesses in 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Investment Council released its 2018 Q4 Industry Investment Report showing that private equity invested $331 billion into U.S. businesses over the course of 2018. This represents a $26 billion increase from 2017, when private equity invested a total of $305 billion in the American economy. The top three sectors that received the most investment in 2018 were Consumer Products and Services ($80 billion), Business Products and Services ($65 billion), and Information Technology ($60 billion).
The private equity industry continues to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in businesses in every sector of the American economy,” said AIC President and CEO Drew Maloney. “By providing investment capital and industry expertise, private equity invests in our communities, supports American jobs, and delivers the highest long-term returns of any asset class for pension, endowment, and charitable funds.

The following are the total private equity investments per sector in 2018 compared to 2017:

AIC member The Blackstone Group invested in the largest deal of the fourth quarter, acquiring Refinitiv for $11 billion. AIC member Kohlberg Kravis Roberts invested in the Healthcare and I.T. sectors to round out the top three deals.
Private equity fund managers invested significant capital in deals across many sectors in the U.S. economy in 2018,” said AIC Director of Research Jamal Hagler. “Looking ahead to 2019, private equity is well positioned to continue to invest billions of dollars to help strengthen and grow companies in every state across America.”

Read the full report here.