ACG New York Middle Market Survey Predicts Private Equity to Outperform S&P 500 in 2016

Expect Strong Job Environment Within Private Equity firms

Jan 05, 2016, 08:30 ET from ACG New York

NEW YORK, Jan. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ACG New York, the largest association of middle market deal making professionals in New York, today announced the results of its annual Year-End Middle Market Survey, which predicts private equity investments will outperform the stock market as measured by the S&P 500.  The results are based on responses from more than 140 ACG New York members and attendees who are leading dealmakers in the middle market.

The Organization's recent survey found that 83 percent of respondents expect private equity investments to outperform the S&P 500 in 2016, which is similar to its 2015 survey results. Results also indicate strong deal flow, as 66 percent of respondents believe their firm's overall transaction volume will increase and 62 percent believe that family offices will have a greater impact on transaction activity in 2016.

"ACG members have consistently demonstrated the ability to provide useful insight into the future of middle market M&A environment. For example, the survey found that 65 percent of the respondents expect their firm to increase the hiring of deal professionals, leading one to conclude that there will be strong deal activity throughout the year," stated Heidi Deiner, President of ACG New York. "Particularly interesting, more than one third of respondents (37 percent) believe that 2016 will prove more difficult for private equity firms to raise capital, than it was in 2015.  It will be very interesting to see how these predictions play out during the year."

More than half (54 percent) of the respondents believe their firm's overall employment in 2016, compared with year-end 2015, will likely increase. Additionally, 50 percent predict middle market deal making will be better in 2016 and 39 percent believe it will remain the same.

If you are interested in receiving full survey results, please contact:  

This survey was conducted online and at ACG New York events on behalf of ACG New York throughout November 2015 and December 2015. There were a total of 142 participants, both male and female who work in the middle market. Full survey data is available upon request.

About ACG New York
ACG® New York, Inc., the founding chapter of The Association for Corporate Growth, is the largest association of middle market deal making and corporate professionals in New York, with more than 1,000 members across all industry sectors.  ACG New York facilitates long term relationship building, driving middle-market growth.  ACG's members are focused on investing private capital, which benefits the pension funds held by municipal workers, fireman, policeman, health workers and others that provide years of service for the public good.