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Best Performing Private Equity Firms 2021

Private equity firms manage investment capital obtained from institutional investors or high net worth individuals (HNWI) to acquire equity ownership of companies through a variety of strategies, including leveraged buyouts and venture capital. Private equity firms operate with long-term investment horizons, typically five to seven years.

Private Equity’ is the stream of investments where a financial or specialized company purchases a specified percentage of an unlisted, privately-held, promising-looking business, and aims to reap windfall profits few years down the line by selling the stake to some other company, to other (group of) investors, or en-cash it during the IPO process if the private company eventually goes for public listing.

Private equity firms also provide financial backing to startups and to non-public companies. For example, after Airbnb had to postpone its original plans for a 2020 initial public offering (IPO) due to the global pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus, the company raised more than $1 billion in private equity funding.

While it may not be easy to track the performance of the businesses in which these private equity companies invest, the share price of the listed private equity companies can provide a lot of insights for the shareholders of such companies. Among the several private equity investment companies whose stocks are actively trading on the stock exchanges, which have been the winners in terms of highest returns?

This article provides a list of Private Equity stocks which have generated the highest returns in the year 2021 till date of writing.

The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Private Equity stocks between the end of the previous and Apr 16, 2021, and the top 10 return generating Private Equity stocks are listed below: 

 

1) Oxford Square Capital Corp. (OXSQ)

  • Price Gain: 62.30% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $245.47 million
  • 52-week Price Range: $2.24 – $5.1

 2) Prospect Capital Corporation (PSEC)

  • Price Gain: 48.80% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $3.12 billion
  • 52-week Price Range: $3.78 – $8.08

 3) Gladstone Investment Corporation (GAIN)

  • Price Gain: 39.44% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $467.19 million
  • 52-week Price Range: $8.16 – $14.14

 4) BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation (BKCC)

  • Price Gain: 35.69% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $271.63 million
  • 52-week Price Range: $2.21 – $3.85

 5) Apollo Investment Corporation (AINV)

  • Price Gain: 34.93% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $935.16 million
  • 52-week Price Range: $7.15 – $14.94
 6) TCG BDC, Inc. (CGBD)

  • Price Gain: 33.72% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $755.27 million
  • 52-week Price Range: $5.53 – $13.88

 7) KKR and Co. L.P. (KKR)

  • Price Gain: 31.66% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $30.74 billion
  • 52-week Price Range: $21.47 – $53.66

 8) IAC/InterActiveCorp (IAC)

  • Price Gain: 31.18% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $22.14 billion
  • 52-week Price Range: $68.92 – $266

 9) Main Street Capital Corporation (MAIN)

  • Price Gain: 30.94% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $2.87 billion
  • 52-week Price Range: $21.5 – $42.38

 10) TCP Capital Corp. (TCPC)

  • Price Gain: 29.89% 2021 year-to-date
  • Market Capitalization: $843.4 million
  • 52-week Price Range: $6.97 – $15.07

 

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