Press Releases

2017/02/27

"During uncertain times the German private equity market has proven itself to be an anchor of stability and has solidified its important financing function, in particular among startups. Last year a total of €5.7 billion was invested in approximately 1,000 companies", according to Joachim von Ribbentrop, spokesman for the Executive Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (Bundesverbandes Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften [BVK]) at the press conference held in relation to statistics published today for the German private equity market in 2016. A drop in volume of 14% was registered vis-à-vis the previous year. In 2015, private equity firms in Germany had invested €6.6 billion. Since 2011, private equity investment activity has, however, oscillated on balance at a stable level of between €5.1 billion (2013) and €7.1 billion (2014). "Even though major majority takeovers have a decisive influence on market growth, last year once again...

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2016/03/02

“With investments of EUR 5.3 billion in some 1,200 companies, private equity firms once again underlined their vital role in financing in 2015”, said Wilken von Hodenberg, spokesman of the board of Bundesverband Deutscher Kapitalbeteiligungsgesellschaften (German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association − BVK) at a press conference on the 2015 preliminary statistics for the German private equity market, which were published today. “Investments may have fallen 25% short on last year’s record-breaking figures, but they did exceed 2013 levels.” Investments in 2014 stood at EUR 7.1 billion, the highest level since 2008, while a total of EUR 5.1 billion was invested in 2013. The sale of perfumery chain Douglas was one of the outstanding deals in 2015. The company was sold to CVC and is planning to develop into a global brand together with its new partner. Alongside the Douglas sale, Synlab and Sivantos were two other transactions of note, but investing activities failed to...

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2015/03/23

"The German private equity market achieved a new record volume: Investments of more than €7 billion in about 1.300 companies mark the highest investment volume since 2008”, commented Wilken von Hodenberg, Spokesman of the Board of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK) at the press conference on the Statistics for the German Private Equity Market in 2014. "This reinforces the continued importance of venture capital and private equity firms in the financing of German companies”. In 2014, the decrease in investments of the previous year was more than compensated.  At €7.06 billion investments increased by 40% compared with 2013 (€5,06 billion) and were as high as they were in 2008.  Particularly small and medium-size companies (SME) received equity investments.  93% of all of the companies that received capital over the course of 2014 had less than 500 employees and generated annual turnover of less than €100 million.  “The German private equity market...

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2014/02/24

Positive development in 2013 makes the venture capital segment stand out from what was overall a weaker German private equity market. Venture capital financing, which had already been strong in the first half of 2013, continued to prove its worth. "The venture capital segment performed better in 2013 than in the previous year, in terms of both investments and fundraising,” commented Matthias Kues, Chairman of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK) with regard to the statistics published today by BVK on the German private equity market in 2013. "However, private equity investments were down around a quarter overall,” Kues continued. But despite this, almost 1,300 companies were provided with venture capital in 2013. This reinforces the continued importance of venture capital in the financing of German companies. “The German private equity market is dominated by small and medium-sized companies (SME), as these are the companies that receive most of the...

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2013/02/25

After a weak start, the German equity capital market picked up at the end of 2012: "With a figure of € 5.84 billion, investments almost reached the level of the previous year," says Chairman of the Executive Board Matthias Kues on the statistics for the German private equity market for 2012 released today by the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK). "In the past year once again over 1,200 companies in Germany were financed with equity capital. That figure highlights the central role that equity capital plays in financing in Germany, particularly for small and medium-sized companies." Only 5% of the companies financed over the year had more than 500 employees and only 9% had three-digit revenues. The volume of investment decreased slightly compared to the previous year, by 6%. Compared to € 6.22 billion in 2011, in 2012 € 5.84 billion was invested. Following a significant increase in investments in 2010 and 2011, 2012 saw something of a stabilisation. As in...

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2012/05/31

"As early as the fourth quarter of 2011, it was clear that the upward trend in private equity investments would be reversed. This is has now been confirmed by the market figures for the first quarter of 2012," explains Matthias Kues, Chairman of the German Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVK), about the current statistics for the German private equity market. At €669 million, almost a third less than the previous quarter (€1.058 million) was invested in the first three months. The most recent decline in investments is not unique to Germany, it is a phenomenon throughout Europe. It reflects a return to insecurity in the market about how the European debt crisis will impact upon the financial market and financing conditions as well as the state of the economy. Particularly in the area of large majority acquisitions, investment activities decreased considerably in the past few months, as these have always responded sensitively to mood changes in the capital market...

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