The Public Market Equivalent and Private Equity Performance

21 Pages Posted: 2 May 2013 Last revised: 23 Sep 2013

See all articles by Morten Sorensen

Morten Sorensen

Copenhagen Business School; Columbia Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Ravi Jagannathan

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF); Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Date Written: September 22, 2013

Abstract

We provide a formal and rigorous justification for the Kaplan and Schoar (2005) public market equivalent (“PME”) measure of historical performance of private equity (“PE”) funds. The PME provides a valid economic performance measure when the investor (“LP”) has log-utility preferences and the return on the LP’s total wealth equals the market return. Notably, the PME is valid regardless of the risk of PE investments, and it is robust to variations in the timing and systematic risks of the underlying cash flows along with potential GP manipulations. Formally, we show that the PME is a generalized method-of-moments estimator using the stochastic discount factor implied by Rubinstein (1976)’s version of the capital asset pricing model.

Keywords: Private equity, public market equivalent, PME, log utility CAPM, ex-post performance evaluation, generalized method of moments

JEL Classification: G12, G23, G24, G31

Suggested Citation

Sørensen, Morten and Jagannathan, Ravi, The Public Market Equivalent and Private Equity Performance (September 22, 2013). Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 13-34. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259261 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2259261

Morten Sørensen (Contact Author)

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Ravi Jagannathan

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Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) - Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF) ( email )

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Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

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India

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