Energy Spectrum Capital is nearly two thirds of the way toward a $1.2 billion target for its seventh buyout fund with commitments from 62 investors and at least one prior top quartile fund boosting its track record, according to a Form D filing and pension fund data.
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Odyssey Investment Partners faced the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression when it launched fundraising for Odyssey Investment Partners IV in 2008. But the New York firm led by Chairman Stephen Berger, a leader in the New York political arena, barely missed a beat.
Demonstrating how portfolio company problems can quickly become sponsor problems, Desmond “Des” Hague, the Centerplate Inc CEO caught on tape kicking a one-year-old dog in his care, resigned amid a public outcry earlier this month.
Its sixth and seventh funds got hit hard by the financial crisis, but an otherwise strong track record has propelled The Banc Funds Company LLC to $388 million on its ninth fund.
With a much lower number of take-privates this year by sponsors, the outlook hasn’t gotten much brighter lately as the U.S. equities market’s unending rally continues to push up prices of public companies.
The 2012 vintage Platinum Equity Capital Partners-A III has climbed the most for the $50 billion Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) for the period Sept. 30, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2013. That vehicle was up 84.8 percentage points out of negative territory to a positive 28.72 percent IRR in 2013 from -56 percent in 2012.
In this video from the PartnerConnect Midwest 2014 conference in Chicago, Neha Markle, executive director of the Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners PE Fund Group, discusses the firm’s third party fund of funds business, which has more than $35 billion of assets under management, including $12 billion in private equity investments.
Buyout and mezzanine funds based in the United States have raised $136.3 billion in capital commitments from institutional investors through Aug. 5. Overall fundraising continues to outpace the amount raised this time last year, when buyout and mezzanine funds managed to collect $100.5 billion in commitments.
From the Editor
In picking strategies within private equity, investors largely got it right betting heavily over the last three decades on leveraged buyout funds. That said, venture capital firms have staged a significant comeback since the woebegone years following the Internet bubble, and they could pose competition for dollars in the months ahead.
Inside the Deal
Co-investing has gained popularity amongst investors who are looking for a stronger alignment of interest, more control and, ultimately, an amplification of the outperformance that is possible through investing in private equity.
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