The third quarter was a lucrative three months for private equity firms.

PitchBook's Q3 2021 US PE Breakdown presents a myriad of data on this quarter's performance. According to the report, business-to-business deals continued to account for the majority of PE transactions, while IT deals are continuing to carve out a larger share of the overall total.

In terms of deals by region, the data has remained consistent over the past five years. However, the Southern US has seen a minimal but steady decline in PE interaction over the same period.

PE exits have been on a tear. Year-to-date exit value is already 50% larger than the next-highest annual figure, currently estimated to be $638 billion through Q3. Additionally, 1,129 exits are estimated to have been completed in the quarter. PE public listing activity is also on pace to more than double 2020's totals.

Fundraising has continued to reel in billions, and the number of PE mega funds (vehicles over $5 billion) could reach a new high by year's end.

But let's take a closer look at six specific tables.

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