EQT has a long-term ownership approach and stands by the portfolio companies in good times as well as bad. The decision to hand over the portfolio company to a new owner is only taken once the development plans have been accomplished. The average ownership period for EQT funds is 5.0 years.
There are typically three ways to hand over a portfolio company to a new owner:
- Initial public offering (IPO) – floating part or whole of a portfolio company on a public stock exchange. The EQT funds often stay on as a substantial owner for a period of time
- Trade sale – selling a portfolio company to an industrial buyer
- Secondary buyout – selling a portfolio company to a financial buyer
For EQT, Trade Sale has been the most common route followed by Secondary Buyout and IPO.
Charts show the aggregated statistics of the investments made by EQT since inception.
All statistics are based on transactions closed by 31 March, 2019. The EQT Credit Funds and EQT Ventures' investments are not included in the statistics.