Last updated: 08:40 / Monday, 23 November 2015
Preqin´s Research

80% of Private Equity Investors See Their Co-Investments Outperform Commingled Funds


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80% of Private Equity Investors See Their Co-Investments Outperform Commingled Funds

  • 80% of LPs see their co-investments outperforming private equity funds, with 46% seeing their co-investments outperform by a margin of over 5%
  • 87% of them either currently offering, or considering offering, co-investment rights to their investors
  • “The most common motivation among LPs for co-investing beyond their typical fund commitments is the prospect of better returns"

Preqin’s latest survey of fund managers and investors examines the increasing appetite for co-investments among both parties. It finds that 80% of limited partners (LPs) have seen their co-investments outperforming private equity funds, with 46% seeing their co-investments outperform by a margin of over 5%. This level of performance is the biggest draw for investors, with two-thirds of LPs citing better returns as the biggest benefit of co-investing alongside GPs.

Co-investment opportunities from fund managers (GPs) are also becoming more common, with 87% of them either currently offering, or considering offering, co-investment rights to their investors. Furthermore, 30% of managers included co-investment rights in 81-100% of limited partnership agreements in their most recent fund. For fund managers, Co-investments are seen as a way to improve relationships with LPs, gain access to more capital for deals, and improve the chance of a successful fundraise.

“The most common motivation among LPs for co-investing beyond their typical fund commitments is the prospect of better returns, with many anticipating notably higher returns compared to their traditional private equity fund commitments. The majority of LPs surveyed have seen significant outperformance from their co-investments, although many say that it is too early to tell how their stakes will ultimately perform.

Direct investments, including co-investments, have increasingly become part of private equity discourse. Significant interest arising from LPs has been matched by increased co-investment opportunities provided by GPs. Provided LPs have sufficient resources available, co-investment opportunities should remain attractive due to their lower fees and greater potential returns.” 
Says Christopher Elvin – Head of Private Equity Products, Preqin.

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