Canadian PE bounces back in H1 2017 as deals collect $13.9 bln

Canada’s private equity market saw a major rebound in deal-making in the first half of 2017, according to a report by the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (CVCA). A total of $13.9 billion was invested in 277 deals at the end of June, which already surpasses the $13.8 billion invested in the whole of 2016. Much of the activity was concentrated in Q2 2017, when $8.9 billion went to 170 deals, making it the most active quarter since Q3 2015. Exit activity was also prominent in H1 2017. The period saw 80 exits, including the GardaWorld sponsor-to-sponsor deal and initial public offering of Canada Goose, exceeding the number in each of the last four years.

The CVCA’s overview of H1 2017’s Canadian venture capital and private equity market trends can be downloaded here.


CVCA H1 2017 PE Canadian Market Overview: Strongest Quarter Since Q3 2015; Breakout Year for Exits

PE investment sees $13.9B invested over 277 deals with 80 exits in H1 2017; already exceeding the number of exits in each of the last four years

August 23, 2017 – Toronto, ON – Canadian private equity has seen a major bounce-back in the first half of 2017, with $13.9B invested across 277 deals—already surpassing the $13.8B invested in all of 2016. A staggering $8.9B was invested over 170 deals in the second quarter of 2017, which is 79% higher than the $5B invested in Q1, and an astounding 164% greater than Q2 2016. In fact, Q2 2017 investment is the highest quarter since Q3 2015 when $11.4B was invested.

In H1 2017, PE saw 80 exits, exceeding the number of exits in each of the last four years. There were 61 exits in 2016, 66 in 2015, 66 in 2014 and 75 in 2013. The 80 exits in H1 2017 includes the $2.2B exit from Montreal-based Garda World Securities, sold to Rhone Capital by Apax Partners, and two IPOs: the $445M dual listing of the iconic Canada Goose (TSE/NYSE: GOOS) as well as the $100M debut of STEP Energy Services Ltd. (TSE: STEP).

The oil, gas and power sector – once a thriving sector for PE investment – has seen a consistent quarter-over-quarter slowdown, capturing only a stark 9% of all PE deals in the first half of 2017—a 19% drop from 2013.

Conversely, Canada is seeing a steadily increasing pick-up in PE investment in both the industrial and manufacturing sector and the information and communications technology sector (ICT). In fact, more than 23% of all PE deals in H1 2017 were in the industrial and manufacturing sector, compared to only a 14% share in 2013. Additionally, ICT companies captured 17% of PE deals in H1, compared to a 10% share in 2013.

“Technology is now consistently a top category for activity in private equity,” explained Mike Woollatt, CEO, CVCA. “We are anticipating continued investment growth in the sector as these companies continue to scale.”

Private Equity Highlights:
– A staggering $8.9B was invested across 170 PE deals in Q2, 79% higher than the $5.0B in the previous quarter and 164% more than in the same quarter last year ($3.4B)
– Q2 2017 was a peak quarter for PE investment with the most dollars invested since Q3 2015, which saw $11.4B dispersed
– This brings the total YTD PE investment to $13.9B over 277 deals, already surpassing the $13.8B in 2016
– Two $1B+ mega deals accounted for 50% of dollars invested: the $4.8B privatization of Toronto-based DH Corporation and the $2.2B acquisition of Montreal-based Garda World Security Corp.
– Activity in the $25-$100M small-market segment is on pace for a record year—31 YTD deals compared to 48 in 2016 and 56 in 2015
– Similarly, in the $100-$500M mid-market segment, there have been 15 YTD deals, already exceeding the 14 in 2016 and on pace to reach the 31 deal-mark in 2015
– One quarter of all PE deals in H1 2017 (42) were disbursed to Montreal-based companies, with 15% (27) going to Calgary-based companies, and Montérégie-based companies receiving a 13% share (23)
– More than a fifth (23%) of PE deals this year have been closed in the industrial & manufacturing sector with ICT companies receiving the second largest share (17%). Both these sectors have been receiving a steadily increasing share of PE deal flow since 2013 when industrial & manufacturing captured only a 14% share and ICT a 10% share. Inversely, the oil and gas sector deal flow share has dropped from 19% in 2013 to a mere 9% in H1 2017
– There have been 80 YTD exits in the first half of 2017, already exceeding the number of exits in each of the last four years
– This includes the $2.2B exit from Montreal-based Garda World Securities, sold to Rhone Capital by Apax Partners
– Two IPOs included the $445M dual listing of the iconic Canada Goose on TSX/NYSE and the $100M TSX-debut of STEP Energy Services Ltd.

Digital Resources:
• H1 2017 VC & PE Canadian Market Overview

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