New Report: Private Equity Invested $99 Billion in U.S. Businesses in First Half of 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, the American Investment Council (AIC) released its 2018 Q2 Industry Investment Report that shows private equity invested $99 billion into U.S. businesses in the first half of 2018. The top three sectors that received the most investment were Consumer Products and Services ($19 billion), Business Products and Services ($18 billion), and Information Technology ($18 billion).

“Our new report clearly shows how AIC members and all private equity firms are investing across our country in every sector of the American economy,” said AIC President and CEO Drew Maloney. “By providing investment capital and industry expertise, the private equity industry is helping entrepreneurs build better businesses and support American jobs. And our industry is positioned to invest billions of dollars more this year and help strengthen and grow companies in every state across our country.”

The following are the total amounts that private equity invested per sector in the first half of 2018:

AIC member Silver Lake Partners invested in the largest deal of the second quarter in its $3.5 billion acquisition of Blackhawk Network Holdings, a global financial technology company that operates a leading physical and digital gift card and prepaid payments network. AIC members GTCR, Clearlake Capital Group, and The Carlyle Group also invested in companies among the top three deals last quarter in IT and Materials & Resources.

“Private equity fund managers continue to make significant deals across many sectors,” said Bronwyn Bailey, AIC Vice President of Research and Investor Relations. “The industry is making strategic decisions to ensure funds continue to provide the highest long-term returns to investors.”

Read the full report here.