Estimating Private Equity Returns from Limited Partner Cash Flows
Coauthor(s): Ang, Andrew, Bingxu Chen, William N. Goetzmann, Ludovic Phalippou
We introduce a methodology to estimate the historical time series of returns to investment in private equity. The approach is quite general, requires only an unbalanced panel of cash contributions and distributions accruing to limited partners, and is robust to sparse data. We decompose private equity returns into a component due to traded factors and a time-varying private equity premium. We find strong cyclicality in the premium component that differs according to fund type. The time-series estimates allow us to directly test theories about private equity cyclicality, and we find evidence in favor of the Kaplan and Strömberg (2009) hypothesis that capital market segmentation helps to determine the private equity premium.
Ang, Andrew, Bingxu Chen, William N. Goetzmann, Ludovic Phalippou "Estimating Private Equity Returns from Limited Partner Cash Flows." , Columbia Business School, (2013).