In terms of the value of private equity investments in Poland, 2015 was the best year in at least nine years. According to the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EVCA), the value of PE investments in Poland in 2015 reached approx. EUR 800 million. This was about 7% higher than the value of exit transactions, which amounted to just over EUR 750 million. This marks a major recovery in investment operations on the Polish market after several years when funds operating in Poland focused primarily on portfolio management and exits from ongoing investments. As a result, starting from 2012, the value of exit transactions grew steadily, reaching a level higher than the value of investments by 2014. In turn, in 2015 investments exceeded exit transactions by more than EUR 50 million.
At the same time, recent years saw dynamic growth in the venture capital sector. The value of such investments rose from EUR 9.1 million in 2012 to EUR 19.6 million in 2015. Given their characteristics, venture capital investments have a dominant share in the number of portfolio companies (61% of all PE transactions in 2015) while playing a small role in terms of investment value (with a share of just 2% in 2015). The dynamic growth of investment activity in Poland confirms that our country remains by far the most important PE market in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015, Poland’s share in the GDP of all CEE countries was 35%, with a 31% share in the region’s total population. At the same time, the value share held by the Polish market in PE investments in all CEE countries was 53%.
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