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The Rise of Family Offices and Secondary Interests

Jun 21, 2019 12:51:04 PM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights, Palico Secondary Insights

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Family offices continue to be a hot topic these days. According to FINTRX, a Boston-based family office data and research platform, there are now 2,350 family offices globally, with over $50 million in AUM. That is an increase of 23% over the previous year when the same report showed 1,910 family offices with over $50 million in AUM.

As family offices continue to grow in size and volume, so have their commitments to private equity, and no exception has been their evolving and growing appetite for secondaries - a trend which has grown much faster than most might realize.

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Secondary Deals: Is the whole always greater than the sum of the parts?

May 23, 2019 5:47:03 PM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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Secondary portfolios are trending towards majority or single buyer sales, but sellers may be missing out on optimizing pricing

Billion dollar transactions are becoming more commonplace in the secondary market, with sellers shopping around record-breaking portfolios as of late. Secondary funds are raising record amounts of capital, just note the surge of mega-funds in the sector, that will need to be deployed in the years to come. With the secondary market continuing to grow, there will surely be increased appetite to pick-up large portfolios being shopped around by mainstays in the advising industry such as Greenhill, or Campbell Lutyens. In cases where the sale is prompted by distress or regulation, selling lines in bulk can be a necessary outcome. However, when these pressures aren’t present are sellers maximizing value via large portfolio sales? Is the whole always greater than the sum of the parts?

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PE Secondaries: New Strategies and Geographies Take Growing Market Share

May 7, 2019 10:00:52 AM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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According to market estimates, before the global financial crisis, 92 percent of private equity fund secondary sales by value involved buyout investment vehicles exclusively. Some 96 percent of funds changing hands focused on North America and Europe. However, since then - moving in lock-step with a private equity space that’s become more diverse by both strategy and geography - the market share of buyout vehicles and North American and European funds has declined. As annual secondary market volume soars to new heights, buyout funds are likely to continue accounting for the lion’s share of transactions, but the market share of more specialized strategies should grow further, as investors seek higher returns in less crowded areas. A record $70 billion to $80 billion worth of funds were sold on the secondary market last year, up nearly four-fold from the $18 billion sold in 2008 (then an all-time high) and market participants forecast a new record this year of $90 billion to $100 billion.

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Pop goes the VC bubble and boom go VC secondaries?

Apr 10, 2019 11:56:30 AM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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Speculation continues to mount as to whether we are amidst a VC bubble. Certainly, we are not the first to say this and, in some ways, we might stop asking if we are witnessing a VC bubble but rather when this bubble will pop and to what end this may lead to a jump in VC secondary transactions.

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Small PE Secondaries Find Their Place Even as Average Deal Size Increases

Mar 27, 2019 6:35:43 PM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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Secondary Market Grows Four-Fold in a Decade

The secondary market for closed private equity funds looks set for its best year ever. Following last year’s $70 billion to $80 billion all-time volume high (surpassing 2017’s record year by as much as 47 percent), press reports note that at the current pace, transactions in the first three months of 2019 will amount to $18 billion, well ahead of last year’s first quarter record of $13 billion. The secondary market has certainly come a long way. A decade ago annual market volume amounted to some $16 billion, less than a fourth of current levels. The largest fund ten years ago, Coller International Capital Partners V (raised in 2007) collected some $4.8 billion - twice the amount of its previous fund, but just about a fourth of Ardian’s most recent fund.

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Placing your bets on a young buck: why it pays to invest in emerging managers

Feb 21, 2019 3:39:22 PM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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We’ve said it before and so have countless other reports in the industry, emerging managers, officially classified as first and second-time funds, outperform time and time again. However, the negative perception of these managers still weighs heavily on their backs, impeding their access to capital distributions from large investors, namely institutional investors. The idea behind the reluctance is the perceived high-risk nature of allocating funds with an emerging manager who has little to no independent track record. In the case of first-time funds, this has stopped roughly half of all private equity investors and, according to Preqin, 60 percent of all institutional investors from investing due to in-house policies barring the action.

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Will 2019 be the Year of Politically Motivated Secondary Sales?

Feb 11, 2019 11:18:06 AM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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Volume in the secondary market for closed private equity funds soared last year as much as 47 percent with record annual aggregate value estimates in this opaque market ranging from $70 to $80 billion according to various sources. Given historically attractive pricing for sellers and the unprecedented sums earmarked for secondary purchases, record volume makes sense. The average transaction on the private equity secondary market stands at 102.5 percent of fund net asset value, according to a recent Palico marketplace survey (sent to members last month) – the highest level we’ve ever recorded. Meanwhile, estimates from industry intermediaries for committed but unspent capital in the secondaries market are at all-time highs of between $180 and $200 billion.

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Secondary Pricing List - Secondary Funds Sell at Par or Better Despite Falling Stock Prices

Jan 17, 2019 8:05:21 PM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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The typical transaction on the private equity secondary market is valued at 102.5 percent of net asset value in terms of mean, with the median at 101 percent, according to a Palico survey of limited partners who’ve successfully purchased stakes in closed funds over the last six months. This is the highest pricing Palico has recorded since we began tracking secondary transactions in March 2017. This latest survey covers 30 funds of all types from real assets to private debt, buyout and venture.

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PE Secondaries: Liquidity! Liquidity! Liquidity!

Dec 11, 2018 9:54:47 PM / by palico posted in Palico PE Insights

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Liquidity may have been hard to come by for PE investors in the 90s, but almost thirty years down the road it has become a demand. Regardless of the numerous reasons LPs have cited for selling their stakes, one thing is clear, they are less eager to wait for returns. So one can ask: are LPs going schizo? They’ve been investing in the PE market for years knowing of its illiquid state and 10-year plus lifecycles, so is waiting a lost art? And especially, what is fueling their growing desire to cash out?

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