Maitland/AMO Private Equity Monitor – 6 September 2019
Worth a read
According to the Financial Times, the sound of investors gasping for higher returns in a desert of low interest rates has rendered private equity an oasis of opportunity. But there’s obviously a hurdle: you need hundreds of millions of dollars to gain access to the largest buyouts. To try and circumvent this, some entrepreneurial types are providing a solution. Amid this increased demand from high net wealth individuals to have a seat at the top private equity tables, new, smaller firms, with minimum investments of €100,000, individuals can access household names such as Cinven and Carlyle. Albeit from a high chair…
Certain things just don’t go well together. They don’t mix: oil and water; the grape and the grain; Boris and, er, everyone else; public markets and private equity. Or so you would think. According to The Financial Times, private equity firm EQT are looking to list. But why? Its Swedish management team say that it is so its founders can exit – but a more credible reason, the article notes, is that it wants to be financially flexible, noting the clear and present danger of becoming a financial conglomerate, with a bulging portfolio -with almost zero control.
I always used to hitch a lift to work until my friend-cum-chauffeur took umbrage at my freeloading and sent me packing off onto the bowels of the London underground. It’s a similar story too for general partners and private equity firms. Private Equity News reports that the days of limited partners investing alongside private equity firms for little or no fees are numbered. The article notes that this marks a turning point in the tug of war between Limited Partners v General Partners.
Private Equity News cites a survey that cites 70% of private equity firms arguing that despite an impending slowdown, they suspect that they’ll actually find more attractively priced businesses this year. Interestingly 35% of corporaets cited it as a reason to make deals. A reason given for the potential uplift is that more and more companies will turn to private equity in increasing quantities – when they run out of sufficient cash reserves.
Wall of money
Vista Equity Partners has raised $16bn for a record-breaking technology fund – Vista Equity Partners Fund VII. Vista also plans to contribute about 4-6% of the fund’s total size in addition. The fund is the largest technology-focussed fund raised by an independent private equity firm.
Innova Capital has closed Innova VI at €271m. The fund received commitments from investors in Europe and North America, with over two thirds of the capital raised coming from existing investors. Innova VI will seek to invest in medium-sized businesses with enterprise values between €50m to €150m, much like its predecessors.
UBS has committed $225bn to KKR’s Global Impact fund, a contribution it says is one of the largest to date. The fund invests in companies that tackle environmental and societal issues and has already exceeded its $1bn goal.
Foresight has closed it’s largest regional fund on £100m. The East of England fund will act as an evergreen fund. Alongside the East of England fund, Foresight has a £39m fund focused on Nottingham, a £38m Midlands-focused fund, a £20m fund focused on Scotland and a £58m regional fund that is backed by the Greater Manchester Pension Fund alongside the South Yorkshire Pension fund.
|Acquisition Target||Buyer||Seller||Value||Date Announced||Region||Sector|
|Lewmar Marine||Lipper Components||Bestport Private Equity||Undisclosed, 6.1x return||05/09/2019||UK||Manufacturing|
|Asolvi||Volpi Capital||Viking Venture||Undisclosed||05/09/2019||Norway||Software|
|CM Investment Partners LLC||Investcorp||-||Undisclosed||04/09/2019||US||Financial Services|
|Euro Techno Com Group||The Carlyle Group||-||Undisclosed||04/09/2019||France||TMT|
|Instinctif Partners||LDC||Vitruvian Partners||Undisclosed||04/09/2019||UK||Communications|
|Aston Lark||Bowmark Capital||Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking||Undisclosed||03/09/2019||UK||Financial Services|
|Jet Ceuticals||Nordwind Capital||-||Undisclosed||30/08/2019||Germany||Pharmaceuticals|
Movers and Shakers
Simon Tilley has left Inflexion Private Equity Partners to join investment bank Stephens as managing director responsible for European sponsor coverage.
DC Advisory has announced the opening of a Milan office, to be spearheaded by newly appointed CEO Alberto Vigo.
Swedish pension fund AP1 has fired its CEO Johan Magnusson for breaching internal trading rules.
KKR has appointed Jam Baumgart as head of real estate in Germany, joining from Patrizia Alternative Investments.
Independent investment bank Greenhill & Co has recruited Amélie Négrier-Oyarzabal as a managing director and head of France from Lazard.
BNY Mellon has hired Greg Kok and Robert Burchett-Coates to strengthen its EMEA Private Markets team, in Luxembourg and London respectively. Kok joins from Maitland, while Burchett-Coates was a director at an independent trust.
The former CEO of Domino’s Pizza in the US, Patrick Doyle, has joined Carlyle as an executive partner, to help transform businesses through tech innovation.
From the horse’s mouth...
“Hopefully when a company re-emerges from private ownership it is not inherently weakened” – Paul Lee, senior advisor at the Investor Forum
“There is only so much co-investment opportunity a GP is going to sanction. If they are earning much lower fees, where is the incentive to continue to drive their business forward?” – Matthew Craig-Greene, managing director at MJ Hudson
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