Australian private equity - a maturing market
Amidst global uncertainties and public market volatility, the private equity industry in Australia remains active, with an abundance of capital that is waiting to be deployed. Whilst capital continues to be raised and PE sponsors continue to be sitting on high levels of dry powder, falling rates, competition from strategic buyers, cost of debt, and the effective closure of the IPO market as an exit path all serve as obstacles that may impact getting deals done. Our panel of private equity veterans will unpack the opportunity set that remains in the region and discuss what lies on the horizon in the year ahead.
- How has the PE industry changed in Australia in the past year? Are we seeing fewer big buyouts and more trade sales, take-privates, bolt-on acquisitions, and tertiary buyouts?
- Where are offshore and regional GPs still finding the best opportunities, such as taking advantage of low valuations of small-cap software companies, and is Australia still seen as a relatively safe haven from global headwinds?
- Private equity vs strategic buyers - has there been more competition for assets?
- What is the outlook for the rest of the year including opportunities on the horizon and potential pitfalls?
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