Top 5 PE & VC Deals, Exits And Funds: 2015 In Review

Written by by PitchBook

Bigger isn’t always better, but 2015 has seen some eye-popping numbers across the global private equity and venture capital landscapes.

As our 2015 Year in Review continues, today we rank some of the largest deals, exits and funds to close over the past year. Coming up, we’ll cover IPO winners and losers, break down mega-mergers in the M&A world, and unveil a series of “can’t miss” datagraphics summarizing big-picture trends.

Without further ado, here are five of the biggest PE & VC deals, exits and funds of the year:

PE Deals

1. Kraft Foods Group: $55 billion PE-backed merger in July

In a deal backed by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group (NASDAQ: KRFT) merged to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third-largest food & beverage company in North America. The combined company now trades under the KHC ticker.

2. Safeway: $9 billion public-to-private buyout in January

The grocery retailer was taken private by competitor Albertsons, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, after getting U.S. FTC clearance nearly a year after an agreement was announced in March 2014.

3. PetSmart: $8.7 billion public-to-private buyout in March

A BC Partners-led investor group won the right to purchase the company after bidding against, among others, a consortium that included KKR and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Other backers in the deal included La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, StepStone Group and Longview Asset Management.

4. Home Properties: $7.6 billion public-to-private buyout in October

2015 saw some big transactions involving real estate investment trusts, including this purchase by Lone Star Funds of a company that owns, operates, acquires and repositions apartment communities in suburbs of major metropolitan areas, primarily along the U.S. East Coast.

5. Homeplus: £4.2 billion buyout in October

The South Korean business of retail giant Tesco was acquired following a competitive bidding process by an MBK Partners-led group that also featured CPPIB, Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Temasek.

VC Financings

1. Didi Kuaidi: $3 billion late-stage financing in September at a reported $16.5 billion valuation

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