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The Pulse of Private Equity – 3/18/2019

Returns healthy, still under pressure Download PitchBook’s Report here. TVPI multiples—more simply known as investment multiples—remain healthy. Gains from post-vintage buckets (2010-2016) were all boosted by at least 0.08x over the past twelve months, with 2015 vintages leading the way with an overall boost of 0.16x....

PDI Picks – 3/18/2019

Alt asset fundraising falls in 2018 thanks to PE and private debt Real estate also fell, continuing a multiyear trend, after hitting a record high four years ago. Fundraising for core alternative asset classes – private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure – fell off a cliff from 2017 to 2018, largely driven by

PDI Picks – 3/11/2019

Investors think PE is too expensive, what about private debt? Making sure investors find the asset class a good place to find value can help it maintain its rapid growth. Private equity has mushroomed post-global financial crisis, but is it too expensive? That may be the prevailing sentiment according to limited partners surveyed by Private

Leveraged Loan Insight & Analysis - 3/11/2019

Global green loan volume tops US$10bn ytd, shadowing record 2018 pace At a pace reminiscent of the record setting US$59.5bn total set in 2018, 2019 green loan issuance topped US$10.0bn so far in 1Q19. This is modestly off from results at the same time last year which stood at nearly US$11.8bn....

The Pulse of Private Equity – 3/11/2019

Acacia funds Download PitchBook’s Report here. Acacia trees are those huge, canopy-like trees in Africa that giraffes feast on. It helps to be that tall—there’s virtually no competition to eat the leaves. Sheer size in private equity brings similar advantages, as only mega funds can compete for certain deals....

The Pulse of Private Equity – 3/4/2019

Are IRRs inflated? Download PitchBook’s Report here. It’s a slightly different question than asking whether IRRs are trustworthy in general. That debate has been around for years and will continue to be. The inflation question is being asked a bit louder nowadays, thanks to a renewed focus on subscription credit lines....

PDI Picks – 3/4/2019

A taste for adventure Beset by concerns about competition and deal structures, limited partners are tempted to look beyond familiar territory. It’s not all about direct lending any more. As our accompanying chart from Eaton Partners shows,...

Markit Recap – 2/25/2019

Seasoned credit investors are painfully familiar with shareholder-friendly actions. Leveraged buyouts, debt-financed share buybacks and special dividends can all deliver nasty surprises to bondholders. But idiosyncratic risk works both ways and companies can implement policies that favour bond investors,much to the chagrin of equity holders. Marks & Spencer is a good example....

The Pulse of Private Equity – 2/25/2019

Downturn opportunities don’t last long Bain & Company released its annual private equity report this week. It’s required reading for the industry every year. One of their more salient points is the resiliency of purchase price multiples following downturns. In the two-year window between 2009 and 2011,...