Private equity leads to higher default rates and more bankruptcies and worse outcomes for customers and workers
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Defaults for private equity (leveraged buyouts) can be 10x higher than for non-LBO firms
You do not need an MBA from Wharton to know that loading up companies with debt will lead to bankruptcy. Research shows that private equity funds acquire healthy firms and increase their probability of defaultby a factor of 10. They are the antithesis of conservative management.
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Recent studies show that default rates are 10 times higher for private equity companies. "Tracking a sample of 484 public to private LBOs for 10 years after going private, we find a bankruptcy rate of approximately 20%, an order of magnitude greater than the 2% bankruptcy rate for the control sample. Our analysis is robust to macro and industry shocks as potential driving forces behind bankruptcy. " https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3423290
Rejecting the premises
Here is a very good study. Leveraged Buyouts and Financial Distress Brian Ayash, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo - Finance Area Mahdi Rastad, Orfalea College of Business, California State Polytechnic University https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3423290