CVCA H1 2018 PE Canadian Market Overview: All Segments Slowing With Overall Activity Eclipsed By Two Mega Deals

August 23, 2018

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 23, 2018--Private equity investment in Canada continued its downward trend in the first half of 2018. $7.6B was invested over 146 PE deals in Q2, bringing the year-to-date (YTD) total to $14.5B over 288 deals. So far in 2018, overall investment was bloated by two mega deals ($2.5B+) which made up 69% of total dollars invested. In comparison, mega deals made up only 51% of dollars invested in H1 2017 and 0% in H1 2016.

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The two mega deals accounted for three quarters (69%) of YTD investment in 2018 and included the $5.1B recapitalization of Ontario-based by a consortium which included and the sale of its position in to a U.S. PE firm via a $5B secondary buyout.

“Canadian private equity appears on pace from previous years, however on the dollar side it is increasingly driven by significant deals; suggesting the levels are a bit more tenuous,” says Mike Woollatt, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. “In the absence of a few large deals, activity in the Canadian PE market is being driven substantially by smaller deals as activity shifts to categories with typically smaller deal sizes.”

The momentum in exits also shifted downward in H1 with only 41 exits ($10.5B) compared to 152 exits ($11.5B) in 2017. There were two IPO exits which included Quebec-based (TSE: IPLP) with a market cap of $709M, backed by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), and and -backed BC-based (TSE: PL).

Canadian Private Equity Highlights

$7.6B was invested over 146 PE deals in Q2 2018 bringing the YTD total to $14.5B over 288 deals. Two mega deals accounted for a lopsided share of investment (69%) in the first half of 2018—more than double the one-third share mega deals have typically captured in any of the three previous years: the $5.1B recapitalization of Ontario-based GFL Environmental Inc. by an investor consortium that included Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)OMERS Private Equity selling its stake in Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. to a US PE firm via a $5B secondary buyout Propelled by the Husky deal, the amount invested in secondary buyouts has already exceeded the total for each of the last five years. Deal activity in the small end of the market segment (deals less than $25M) garnered 65% of all deals, higher than last year’s 60% share. Deals between $25M-$100M captured a 7% share of deals, down from the 11% last year. 17% (50 deals totalling $1.9B) of all PE deals went to Montreal-based companies, with Toronto-based companies receiving a 14% share (41 deals totalling $10.5B). A little over a fifth (22% or 64 deals) of PE deals this year have been closed in the industrial & manufacturing sector, with ICT companies receiving the second largest share (16% or 45 deals). The pace of PE exits slowed with only 41 exits (totalling $10.5B) compared to last year with 152 exits (totalling $11.3B) with two IPO exits: Quebec-based IPL Inc., backed by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Fonds de solidarité (FTQ) and Investissement Québec, completed its IPO on TSX with a market cap of $709MONCAP -backed BC-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. completed its IPO on TSX with a market cap of $370M

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