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Private Equity Exits Tumble to Decade-Long Low as Managers Hold Back

(December 2022) Private equity fund managers have sharply pulled back on sales of their portfolio companies this year, with exits from their strategies perhaps the most visible evidence of a weakening market that has seen declining valuations, slower fundraising and other flagging indicators.

The drop in exits may even be magnified in the fourth quarter, according to a machine learning-driven prediction from CEPRES based on the strategic consulting group’s data and surveys of private asset owners globally. The Cepres analysis expects a 50% decline in cash exits this quarter alone.

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