Central European Private Equity Confidence Survey
In line with the daily coverage in the financial press confidence of private equity professionals in Central Europe has expectedly plummeted compared to Spring of 2008. The private equity market is adjusting to the global changes and lack of liquidity in the banking market by shifting focus to portfolio management and waiting for the market to become a “buyers playground”.
Despite the overall current lack of optimism and cautiousness, private equity still sees Central Europe as one of the regions which will be less hit by a global economic downturn. Many Private Equity professionals in Central Europe see the current environment as a great opportunity and believe that seeds sown in 2009 may reap great rewards. The corollary of this of course is that seeds sown in 2008 may need constant nourishing in order for them to flourish. This is confirmed by the findings of Deloitte's latest Central European Private Equity Confidence Survey.
- Global financial crisis and economic turmoil has cut the confidence in private equity in half compared to April 2008
- Debt availability expected to contract further in the short term
- Clear shift of fund focus from new acquisitions to portfolio management
- Despite expectations on slowing market activity, funds expect to buy more in the coming periods with key competition for mid-sized targets and market leaders
- Unanimously, entry multiples are expected to curtail
|*) In millions of EUR|
|Okna Rabien Sp Z.o.o.||Penta Investments Limited||Oct||n/a||100%|
|Kofola-Hoop S.A.||Enterprise Investors||Sep||146.0||43.01%|
|Veris Polska sp. z o.o||Penta Investments Limited||Sep||n/a||n/a|
|Tella Capital SIA||Argus Capital Partners||Aug||n/a||n/a|
|Promedis Sp Zoo||Mid Europa Partners LLP||Aug||11.0||n/a|
|Wema SA||Enterprise Investors||Aug||46.0||60%|
|Broker-Service Sp z o.o||Penta Investments Limited||Aug||14.0||n/a|
|Axtone S.A.||IK Investment Partners Limited||Aug||n/a||n/a|
|Papcel a.s.||EK Mittelstands-finanzierungs AG||Aug||n/a||34%|
About the survey
Deloitte's Central European Private Equity Confidence Survey reflects the expectations of private equity professionals focusing on Central Europe. The survey has been conducted twice a year since March 2003 and the results are based on questionnaires sent to professionals in private equity firms covering the following Central European countries: Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Albania.
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