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February 12, 2013
Private Equity Slows in China as Investors Can't Find the Exit
Sharp slowdown in Chinese IPOs makes it harder for funds to cash out and prompts some investors to look at secondary sales.
By Allen T. Cheng
Chinas once-booming private equity industry is facing a logjam as a dearth of exit possibilities is slowing the flow of new deals in the sector, analysts and industry executives say.
The volume of private equity activity slowed dramatically last year, with some $17 billion invested in more than 700 companies, down from more than $30 billion invested in more than 1,700 companies in 2011, according to China First Capital, a Shenzhen-based investment advisory firm. Virtually all deals in China are minority equity investments in fast-growing private companies rather than buyouts of public companies as in the West. The industry was virtually nonexistent in China at the start of the 2000s but grew rapidly as Western investors rushed to participate in the countrys economic boom.....