Private Equity

Private Equity

Global private equity firms are sitting on more than $2.1 trillion in “Dry Powder.” Their investment decisions and purchasing power will shape the public and private investment markets in ways that shape the future of the global economy. DailyAlts provides constant updates and insights on deal-making, regulatory shifts, global capital flows, and more.

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Private Equity: PE Giants Genstar and TA Behind Orion-Brinker Merger

June 29, 2020

Private equity player Genstar Capital played a catalytic role in bringing about a merger of platform provider Orion Advisor Solutions with investment manager Brinker Capital to form an entity with an estimated $40 billion in managed assets.

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Private Equity: Apollo Global Management Splits With ICICI Venture

June 10, 2020

Apollo Global Management is splitting away from its long-time joint venture partner ICICI Venture, a unit of ICICI Bank (IBN). Apollo will be starting its own credit investment business in India. Apollos will stop adding capital to the venture, Aion Capital Partners, and begin to look for opportunities to invest in credit opportunities independently.

Private Equity: Real Estate Firms Eye J.C. Penney

June 8, 2020

Private equity firm and Real Estate Investment Trusts are having discussions about buying J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) if the bankrupt retailer does not reach an agreement with creditors.

The department store filed for bankruptcy in May after the spread of the coronavirus forced the retailer to close more than 800 stores across the country. J.C. Penney had been struggling to survive for the past few years, and the virus was the final nail in its coffin.

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Private Equity: Coty Sells Majority Stake of Hair Business to KKR

June 1, 2020

Beauty products firm Coty (NASDAQ: COTY) and KKR (NYSE: KKR) have entered into a strategic transaction for Coty’s Professional and Retail Hair business. The transaction includes the Wella, Clairol, OPI and Good Hair Day brands. The deal values the businesses at $4.3 billion on a cash- and debt-free basis. KKR will own 60% of this…

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Alternative Investments: Ares Management Agrees to SEC Settlement

May 27, 2020

Ares Management (NYSE: ARES) agreed to settle a complaint from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Ares is paying a $1 million settlement to the SEC. This will resolve a complaint that Ares failed to implement and enforce policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of material nonpublic information.

Private Equity – Dyal Capital Partners Targets Stakes in NBA Teams

May 21, 2020

Barron’s is reporting that Dyal Capital Partners, a unit of Neuberger Berman, wants to raise $2 billion to buy minority interests of National Basketball Association teams. The NBA selected Dyal in April to form a fund to buy up minority stakes. Dyal Capital Partners has approval so far by the NBA ownership. All 30 team…

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Private Equity: Golden Gate Private Equity 13F Filings

May 19, 2020

One of the more interesting 13F filings at the deadline last week came from Golden Gate Private Equity. Located as one would expect in San Francisco, Golden Gate is a unique private equity firm that operates more like a merchant bank that a private equity fund.

Golden Gate says its investor base is comprised mainly of perpetually-oriented capital sources from around the world. When they invest in companies, they say their approach is to recapitalize, restructure, and ultimately build meaningful businesses in partnership with management over an indefinite time horizon.

Private Equity: Inside the Apollo Global 13F Filings

May 19, 2020

Private equity and alternative investments manager Apollo Global (APO) was very active in the first quarter.

The firm opened or added to 35 stocks while reducing or eliminating just 17 potions in the quarter.

We know from their conference call that they also were big buyers of high-grade corporate bonds in the quarter. According to Apollo executives, they have already sold most of those for fairly large profits, but they tend to be a longer-term holders of equity positions. They tend to take concentrated positions as 90% of the $7.5 billion public equity portfolio is in the top ten holdings.

Private Equity: KKR Unveils Its Q1 SEC Filings

May 18, 2020

Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts (NYSE: KKR) reported their public equity holdings to the SEC this week. While most of their largest positions are companies that own a controlling interest after a buyout and partial IPO, their buying and selling activities in a given quarter can provide valuable insight into their current thoughts.

iCapital Network: The Potential Benefits of Investing in Private Equity Secondaries

May 15, 2020

In this guest post from Kunal Shah and Tatiana Esipovich at iCapital Network, the authors explain how secondary funds offer the potential for diversified private equity exposure and an attractive risk profile.   By: Kunal Shah and Tatiana Esipovich The secondary private equity market comprises the buying and selling of preexisting investor commitments to private market funds….

Private Equity: KKR Buys Stake in Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Wealth Arm

May 13, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has hammered yet another company. This time, Commonwealth Bank of Australia said it had to book about $970 million in provisions to cover expected losses in the third quarter.

To generate some cash, it sold a majority stake in its wealth management division to private equity firm KKR (NYSE: KKR). 

Private Equity: Recapping the KKR Q1 Conference Call

May 7, 2020

The KKR conference call for the first quarter occurred on Wednesday morning. Executives at the firm revealed that although they were stung a little by the economic upheaval, KKR continues to prove its business model.

The company exited some businesses early in the quarter at an average of 3.5 times the initial cost. Although they are working remotely like the rest of us, KKR, in the 2-month window from March 1 through May 1, has closed on or in legal documentation on over $10 billion of new commitments across our fund platform.

Private Equity: KKR Reports First Quarter Earnings

May 6, 2020

KKR (NYSE: KKR) had a massive Q1 loss on GAAP measures as a result of mark to market requirements.

Setting aside those marks, the firm said that After-tax Distributable Earnings and After-tax Distributable Earnings Per Adjusted Share were $355.3 million and $0.42, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. After-tax Distributable Earnings Per Adjusted Share are 11% higher compared to the first quarter of 2019.

“Since February, we have seen more uncertainty and volatility than at any time since the financial crisis. KKR navigated the quarter well, and our results bear testament to the strength of our business model. We are enormously proud of the dedication of our employees and believe we are well-positioned to help our clients and communities for what lies ahead,” said Henry R. Kravis and George R. Roberts, Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs in their statement.

Private Equity: Apollo Global Management Reports Q1 Earnings Report

May 5, 2020

Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO) reported earnings for the first quarter of 2020. Apollo reported an accounting loss for the quarter thanks to mark-to-market accounting regulations. That said they generated Fee-Related Earnings of $228.1 or $0.52 per share.

Apollo Global also declared a dividend of $0.42 a share. Apollo intends to distribute to its Class A common stockholders quarterly substantially all of its distributable earnings after taxes and related payables over amounts determined by the executive committee of its board of directors to be necessary or appropriate to provide for the conduct of its business and, at a minimum, a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share.

They have paid out more than twice the minimum dividend over the past year.

Private Equity: ICANN Rejects Deal to Sell .Org Registry to Ethos Capital

May 1, 2020

The board of directors at ICANN rejected the sale of the .org registry to private equity firm Ethos Capital. The possible $1.135 billion deal effectively died today after months of debate over the decision to transfer the registry from the non-profit Internet Society (ISOC) to Ethos. Many advocates pressing against the deal argued that it would saddle the company with debt and force it to raise prices on users of these internet addresses. 

Private Equity: KKR Buys Stake in Mirastar

April 24, 2020

Private equity firm KKR is continuing to invest across Europe during the global economic shutdown with a stake in Mirastar.

In its latest move, KKR is taking a stake in the developer, investor, and manager of industrial and logistics assets in Europe. Initially and Mirastar have acquired a 49,000 sqm forward funding project in the Netherlands. They intend to continue working together to assemble a portfolio of high quality industrial and logistical assets in gateway cities in Western Europe.

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Private Equity: Blackstone Reports First Quarter Earnings Before the Bell

April 23, 2020

Blackstone earnings (NYSE:BX) arrived before the bell Thursday. While the private equity firm fell short of analyst expectations, the firm still managed to generate significant cash flows in the quarter. The firm said that they had produced Distributable earnings during the first three months of the year of $.46 a share. The consensus Wall Street…

Private Equity: Where Oil Specialty Funds Go Next

April 22, 2020

Although oil prices have risen today, the price of oil remains at historically low-price levels. This is an opportunity for deep-pocketed private equity firms that own a diversified portfolio of companies.

However, it is a calamity for those funds that specialize in energy investing.

Private Equity: Deal News on Victoria’s Secret, Expedia, and Norwegian Cruise Lines

April 22, 2020

Victoria’s Secret had a new majority owner in Sycamore Partners. However, the private equity firm is trying to walk away. As a result, shares of L Brands (NYSE:LB) – the current owner – plunged more than 20%.

Private Equity: KKR Outlook for the Road Ahead

April 20, 2020

McVey outlines his thoughts in his latest report titled Keep Calm and Carry On. He expects the economy to see a sharp downturn during the second quarter. McVey also expects more of a U-shaped recovery than a V-shaped one. He thinks that the economy may experience sustained demand issues as a result of the massive wave of unemployment in the United States and Europe. He does suggest that the increased unemployment benefits will offer full income replacement or many households allowing demand to at least maintains at a decent, but lower pace.

McKinsey Talks Private Equity Outperformance

April 17, 2020

Global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. has published a study that examines what private equity firms can do to outperform their peers during times of crisis. They examined what high performing private equity firms did during the Great Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 did to achieve outstanding results. The consultants who worked on the project suggested…

Private Equity: KKR Suspends Operations on Goodpacks Exit

April 14, 2020

KKR is suspending its efforts to exit its investment in Goodpacks, a Singapore based supply chain solutions company. While the company’s primary container leasing business to food and rubber companies has remained steady with little to no impact form the coronavirus economic slowdown, the bids received by KKR were far beyond what the private equity…

Private Equity: Leon Black Talks Aramark, the U.S. Economy, and the Feds

April 14, 2020

Leon Black made a rare appearance in the media yesterday. The co-founder of alternative asset manager Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO) appeared on CNBC along with Aramark (ARMK) CEO John Zillmer. During the conversation, the two discussed their NYC Health Heroes program. Aramark, the world’s largest U.S.-based provider of food, facilities, and uniforms, partnered with Mr….

MSCI Research: Private Equity Firms Face a Valuation Reckoning

April 10, 2020

Private equity funds could face a huge hit to valuations as of the end of the third quarter, according to MSCI Research.

Using their private equity valuation model, they determined some private equity funds could take a Q1 write-down of portfolio companies by as much as 35%.

Investors who recently compiled their year-end valuations may have a false sense of security right now. Many could be shocked in a few months when they realize the devastation of the first quarter.

Private Equity: What Will Be the Fate of Envision Healthcare?

April 10, 2020

Private equity-backed Envision Healthcare is struggling to deal with the dramatic loss of revenues. Patients have turned to telehealth resources and canceled ambulatory surgeries. Envision provides medical staff to hospitals and operates surgery centers and is owned by KKR (NYSE: KKR). The company has seen its business drop by about 70% in a very short period of time. More than 90 of its centers are closed because of the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.