Thoma Bravo Tops The HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking

Thoma Bravo Tops The 2019 HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking

Thoma Bravo, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Genstar Capital Partners have secured the top three spots respectively in the 2019 HEC-DowJones Private Equity Performance Ranking.

HEC Paris Business School and DowJones joined forces in 2009 to publish an annual ranking of PE firms based on their historic performance and expected future competitiveness respectively, aiming to answer the question “which firms have performed the best for their investors?”.

This year’s ranking lists the world’s top PE firms in terms of aggregate performance, based on all buyout funds raised between 2006 and 2016.

In total, data from 497 PE firms and the 891 funds collectively raised over the ten-year period with an aggregate equity volume of $1.380tr was analysed by Olivier Gottschalg, Professor of Strategy and Business Policy at HEC Paris Business School.

The ranking draws on a comprehensive set of data on PE fund performance provided by Preqin and sourced directly from PE firms, and uses a unique methodology to calculate the aggregate performance of each based on difference performance measures for all the funds managed by the firm. The method in use was also able to aggregate performance across vintage years, and considers relative and absolute returns.

Professor Gottschalg says: “The Private Equity industry has attracted increasing investor interest over the last years, yet little is known about the true performance and competitive behaviour of the key PE firms. The HEC Dow Jones PE Rankings shed light on the greatest outperformers to illustrate which strategies are most successful over a full decade.”

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