A majority of global private equity investors (71%) indicated that since the global financial crisis their private equity investments have outperformed their public equity portfolios, according to Coller Capital’s Global Private Equity Barometer, a biannual investor survey released Wednesday.
Fourteen percent of investors said their public equities outperformed.
However since March, public markets have dropped about 10%, said Paul Lanna, a partner in Coller Capital's New York office. It is yet to be seen how "the public markets downdraft will filter into private equity returns," Mr. Lanna said.
Some 63% of limited partners said alternative sources of private equity capital such as retail investors and insurance companies could pose a risk to their private equity returns, but only 30% indicated that these alternative capital sources could make it more difficult for them to access private equity funds.
Meanwhile, 81% of investors have not invested in private equity and/or venture capital funds that invest using cryptocurrency and have no plans to do so. Of those investors, 44% have made a policy decision to exclude cryptocurrency investing. Another 14% do not currently have private equity/venture capital cryptocurrency commitments and 5% are likely to make cryptocurrency commitments in the next few years.
There were 110 respondents to the survey, which was conducted between Feb. 7 and March 30 by research firm Arbor Square Associates.