We believe that our performance reflects an investment approach that works in any economic cycle, underpinned by the strength of our processes and the high quality, coordination and dedication of our team.
2012 proved to be another year of fragile and varied economic conditions. Slowing expansion in emerging markets, limited growth in developed regions, low M&A volume and weak exit conditions continued to test the resourcefulness of our organization. However, through creative focus on the operational and strategic development of the companies that we own and disciplined, on-strategy investing, our team achieved some encouraging results.
We worked closely with our dedicated management teams, experienced Portfolio Support Group and talented operating partners and industry advisors to strengthen the core activities of our businesses and implement programs to foster long-term growth. As a result, the companies in our unrealized portfolio generated average revenue and EBITDA growth of 11% and 13%, respectively, during the year. The hard work of our teams also delivered results, with turnarounds for US fashion retailer Charlotte Russe and German debt collector GFKL.
Through proactive, sector-specific sourcing, our investment professionals generated a broad set of attractive opportunities, which allowed us to be highly selective in our decision-making and still complete numerous transactions. In a productive year, we invested $4.3 billion in 12 new companies across seven countries. Significantly, we also demonstrated our ability to invest in companies across the size spectrum by achieving two of our largest deals to date.
With a strong focus on realizing the value that we have created in our portfolio companies, we worked hard to overcome the challenges posed by volatile exit markets, completing two successful IPOs in the US for payment processor Vantiv and extreme-value retailer Five Below. We also sold some or all of our remaining shares in four businesses that were already public through secondary offerings and block trades. Meanwhile, five companies moved on to the next stage of their development through sales to strategic and financial buyers.
We made solid progress in 2012, demonstrating once again that we are able to support our portfolio companies and help them to grow in an environment that is still challenging. The successful raising of $10.8 (€8.5) billion for our seventh global fund, GPE VII, is a welcome endorsement of both our track record and the spirit of partnership, transparency and governance that has earned us the trust of our investors.
In 2012, we opened a new office in Shanghai, and we also continued to invest in our organization, adding new staff and capabilities to ensure we are able to focus the right resources where they are needed to support our future success.
We would like to thank our portfolio company management teams, investors, operating partners and our own team for the professional dedication that has allowed us to pursue a higher level of performance. We remain vigilant in our efforts to continue delivering earnings growth for our portfolio companies and attractive returns for our investors in the year ahead.
We remain vigilant in our efforts to continue delivering earnings growth for our portfolio companies and attractive returns for our investors in the year ahead.