Carlyle Is Year’s Top Private Equity Acquiror (So Far)

The Carlyle Group has become the year’s leading acquiror, according to new data sent over this morning by Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). Seems the $3.9 billion agreement to acquire nutritional supplement manufacturer NBTY Inc. put the Washington D.C.-based buyout firm over the top, with $6.9 billion worth of 2010 deals. TPG Capital ranks second with $6 billion.

Overall, Thomson Reuters reports that there have been 485 PE-backed acquisitions of U.S. companies so far this year, valued at $46.8 billion. That’s a 3x increase over the same period in 2009, when credit was still very tough to come by. The top 2010 industry has been healthcare — aided by the NTBY deal — which makes up 17% of total buyside financial sponsor activity.

Download the full report here