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Private Equity Data: Why is a Private Equity Database Important?

Let’s start by making it clear that private equity data isn’t just a collection of IRR, TVPI, and DPI numbers. General private equity returns statistics such as these are commonly available in the public domain: just go to a public pension funds’ website. However, not much real intelligence can be gained from these basic private equity return measures.

Access to the institutional-grade CEPRES private equity database that contains deep private equity data and is wrapped with sophisticated data mining and analysis capabilities that are proven in the private equity industry provides LPs and GPs with the market intelligence and analysis tools that they need to make smarter investment decisions and operate with greater efficiency.

The pioneer of private equity look-through data.

At CEPRES, our vision was bigger than simple fund-level investments and vintage year funds. We knew that investments happen into portfolio company operations and assets that make up the fund and portfolio — even if it’s an indirect investment with some legal vehicles in between. We pioneered look-through data that enables fundamental analysis at the company level to help investors make better private equity investments. Today, we are the largest private market data ecosystem, helping investors unlock better investment outcomes.

Why not use the CEPRES private equity database?

Using the CEPRES private equity database, LPs can investigate market segments and strategies, and understand their risk, return, and liquidity characteristics, before they begin to identify potential fund managers and investment targets for the portfolio. Such market research is an important part of the asset allocation planning and portfolio construction process.

On the other side of the market, GPs can leverage the CEPRES private equity database to clearly identify their own relative strengths and weaknesses in their track records as they prepare for fundraising and properly anticipate potential LP questions on its past performance.

Finally, both LPs and GPs can benefit from the CEPRES private equity database during the due diligence process because it provides digital innovation to their fingertips which makes the process streamlined and efficient for both LPs and GPs.

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What is private equity data?

Private equity data is CEPRES private equity data. The CEPRES private equity database contains actual private equity data that is first and foremost, authentic and sourced directly from market participants, that is, the GPs and LPs. Second, CEPRES private equity data is so much more than just IRR, TVPI, and DPI: it is what lies beneath these return measures and that is the gross and net cash flows, i.e. the cash flows between the funds and underlying portfolio companies in the case of the former, and the cash flows between LPs and the funds in the case of the latter.

Thirdly, the scope of CEPRES private equity data goes way beyond just returns, but also includes the plethora of characteristics around every single fund and portfolio company. For example, for funds, that includes fund size, vintage year, stage focus, region focus, and even parameters such as management fee and carried interest.

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At the deal level, CEPRES captures characteristics such as industry, investment stage, use of proceeds, board seat, location by continent, country, region, and even state in the case of US-based portfolio companies, as well as company operating financials, namely, revenue, EBITDA, net profit, debt, pricing multiples, leverage multiples and more.

Yes, the CEPRES private equity database is extremely broad and extensive, while also very granular and detailed. For current statistics on investment activity since the 1970s, you can access CEPRES.

How can I use the CEPRES private equity database?

It’s designed and built for both LPs and GPs to address the challenges that they face as they navigate around their respective private equity lifecycle.

The CEPRES private equity database is at the core of the CEPRES Platform, digital investment and network platform that enables users to perform private equity market research and investigations, fund screening and private equity due diligence (LPs), prepare pitchbook data for fundraising (GPs), track record analysis, fund and deal benchmarking, operating analysis including value creation, deal pricing and debt analysis, and risk-adjusted alpha analysis for outperformance and beta market risk. CEPRES is so much more than private equity data.

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