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Gains in the State Street Global Exchange Private Equity Index Slow for First Time in Two Years

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The State Street Global Exchange® Private Equity Index
(GXPEI) ended the first quarter of 2018 with a slight increase of 2.44
percent. The Buyout funds category ended its streak of eight quarters of
outperformance with a 2.09 percent gain, lagging behind the 3.78 percent
return from Venture Capital funds and 2.46 percent from Private Debt
funds.

The PEI is based on directly-sourced limited partnership data and
represents more than $2.8 trillion in private equity investments, with
more than 2,800 unique private equity partnerships, as of March 31.

"In the first quarter of 2018, volatility spiked across all asset
classes amid an environment of continued geopolitical uncertainties,
escalating risks of trade wars and rising interest rates," said Will
Kinlaw, senior managing director and global head of State Street
Associates®, a division of State Street Global Exchange.
"Managers' quarterly contribution rate dropped to a two year low and
exit activities declined as well, indicating a tendency toward caution."

First Quarter Highlights Include:

  • Buyout funds ended their eight-quarter streak of realizing the highest
    returns among the three main private equity strategies (Buyout,
    Venture Capital and Private Debt).
  • All strategies saw quarterly decreases in the level of returns.
    • Venture Capital led with a 3.78% return, down from 4.21% in Q4.
    • Private Debt funds with 2.46%, down from 3.15% in Q4.
    • Buyout saw the largest drop, falling to 2.09% from 5.23% in Q4.
  • Q1 2018 saw continued depreciation of the USD against the Euro of
    2.42%.
    • European-focused private equity funds experienced a 2.88%
      quarterly gain in USD-denominated terms (0.41% in EUR-denominated
      IRR); US-focused funds returned 2.44%; and funds focused on the
      rest of the world gained 1.92%.
  • Among sectors, Information Technology funds led with a 5.20% quarterly
    return, down slightly from 5.91% in Q4. They were followed by
    Financial funds – the only sector to see an increase in returns from
    the previous quarter – rising to 4.93% from 2.66% in Q4. Industrials,
    the leader for the previous two quarters, saw returns drop to 1.56%
    from 6.68% in Q4.

For additional insights, or to learn more about the GX Private Equity
Index please visit http://www.ssgx.com/peindex.

Index returns reflect capital gains and losses, income, and the
reinvestment of dividends.

It is not possible to invest directly in an index. Index performance
does not reflect charges and expenses associated with the fund or
brokerage commissions associated with buying and selling a fund.

Index performance is not meant to represent that of any particular fund.

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