Fare Thee Well? An Analysis of Buyout Funds' Exit Strategies
Financial Management, Forthcoming
47 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2012 Last revised: 17 Jun 2014
Date Written: June 17, 2014
This paper analyzes exit strategies of buyout funds in their portfolio companies following Initial Public Offerings. We use a data set of 222 buyout-backed IPOs in the United States between 1999 and 2008 including hand-collected data about each exit process to draw up a detailed road map of buyout investors’ divestment processes. Using this data, we document timing and aggressiveness of the exit strategies, and analyze to which degree a multitude of possible determinants influence the choice for a given exit strategy. Our results show that buyout funds stay invested in their portfolio companies for a substantial period of time after the IPO, and that the choice for a given exit strategy depends not only on characteristics of each respective portfolio company, but also on the financial success of the deal from the perspective of the buyout investor.
Keywords: Private Equity, IPO, Insider Trading, Buyout
JEL Classification: G23, G24, G34, G12, G15
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