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Private Equity Exits were down in 2011. PEGs are holding investments longer.

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According to a study just released by Pitchbook in collaboration with Grant Thornton, Private Equity Groups (“PEGs”) sold or took public 213 U.S. companies during the second half of 2011, bringing the past year’s total exit count to 420, down slightly from 2010.   Private equity investment activity declined by 20% during the second half of 2011, and the median “hold” period for PEGs grew to 4.8 years.

Link to Full Report from Pitchbook and Grant Thornton:  PitchBook_GT_Private Equity Exits_Report_2H 2011