In 2017, private equity and venture capital firms sold € 1.7 billion at cost or divested in other ways from 156 Dutch companies. Reliable figures on the transaction value of the divestments over the entire market are unavailable.
This total comprises divestments from young and fast-growing enterprises (venture capital) as well as divestments from mature companies (private equity). Owing to this diversity, it is more informative to examine different areas of the private equity market.
All figures shown are so-called market analyses, i.e. investments in and divestments from Dutch companies by domestic or foreign private equity firms. Information from 1989 onwards on the activities of private equity companies registered in the Netherlands can be found in the archive's industry analysis. The glossary can also be found there, as well as the methodology underlying the research and the corresponding data files.
Companies are, in general, 5 to 7 years in portfolio. Somewhere in this period an exit is realised so that capital can be returned to investors.
In 2017, venture capitalists sold their interests in or otherwise divested 64 Dutch companies. The number of write-offs is relatively high in venture capital due to the risk profile of the portfolio companies. However 2017 saw a sharp decrease in the number of write-offs.
Private equity firms sold 44 companies that previously got a buyout. Next to that, 30 companies that once received growth capital were exited.
Foreign investors are more often active within the larger transactions. They have sold or divested from relatively few companies, but have done so for relatively large amounts at cost.