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Bain: Global private equity report 2010

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

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Front cover of Bain report

Will Bain&Co's report prove accurate?

Bain & Company: “Global private equity report 2010” Bain briefs Publications.

I’ll provide some commentary when I get a chance to read it thoroughly. At first glance it looks very nicely laid out and is quite inviting for the reader, even if the corporate black and red is a little reminiscent of a casino table.

Leafing through it brings to mind the hilarious knockabout farce that was BCG and IESE’s 2008 offering The Advantage of Persistence: How the Best Private Equity Firms “Beat the Fade”, which you can read here.

It’s full of chioce tidbits that will leave you with aching sides and coffee on your monitor screen. AND it was co-authored by Heiko Meerkat.

But for those of you with a shorter attention span, how abut a quick look back to what McKinsey had to say about the buyout boom in 2007:

The recent tightening of credit markets has complicated the financing of some buyout deals and may dampen the flow of investor money into private equity firms. Skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic have been quick to proclaim that the private equity boom is over. But don’t expect private equity to suddenly fade to the background, as did the leveraged buyout boom of the 1980s. Even if growth slows in the short term, pension funds and other institutional investors will remain interested in private equity. McKinsey projects the industry’s assets under management may double by 2012, to $1.4 trillion.

Wow. AND “wow” again.

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More than a big deal? What GPs think worth communicating

May 25, 2010 Leave a comment

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Chart showing how dealflow affects the marketing output at European buyout and growth capital firms

Relationship between dealflow and marketing output

I recently wrote a short piece on GP communications and transparency that looked at quite how open private equity fund managers in Europe really are. Not as open as they could be? Definitely. Not as open as they should be? Without doubt. Well, European GPs are communicating with the market, even if some don’t welcome inbound enquiries in quite the way they might. But what are they communicating?

Well, the IE Consulting team and I read through almost 700 press releases from European buyout and growth capital investors (2006-2010) so you don’t have to. And the results of our research are summarised in an article in this month’s Private Equity Europe:

More Than a Big Deal?

I think GPs are so focussed on announcing their transactions that they are neglecting the opportunities they have to communicate everything else they – and their portfolio companies – do. But what do you think? Please let me know, below!

Do buyouts need more bad PR? At least the PE house is not at fault here!

August 6, 2009 Leave a comment

You can Bank on it:
Delist at that price? You’ll get
Shareholders iRate

Apax Partners (full disclosure – my team is owned by one of their portfolio companies…I like to think it’s Apax’s favourite one :)) is trying to buy Bankrate. And some share holders are not too happy at the purchase price. Apax is paying a premium, of course, but some shareholders are not convinced the premium is fair.

Rather than the concerns of the conflict of interests that may develop between a private equity owner and an incumbent management team (particularly if that management team intends to stick around after the PE house exits), it is the management team itself that may be questioned in this instance. Has the share price been artificially deflated (don’t say sabotaged!) in order to present a more attractive purchase price for the buyout house and the management team/the team’s equity in the new deal?

Insert your own Apax Partners fundraising gag here…

June 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Martin Halusa, chief of Apax, chef de brigade

Martin Halusa, chief of Apax, chef de brigade

It’s not always good news when your private equity backers descend on your offices at short notice…and it doesn’t always bode well when the “party” includes the worldwide CEO. Of course, nothing says “this is the good kind of party” like a silly hat, and the visit was received with extremely good humour, even if Apax was demanding money…

The Apax team had brought with them a crate of sandwiches, which they were looking to flog to the excited and hungry denizens of IE Consulting towers and our cohorts at Unquote” for the benefit of Great Ormond Street Hospital and the poorly lads and lasses it serves.

Well done Apax for putting in some personal effort to raise money for such a good cause. Not so well done on the quality of the sandwiches…I’m looking forward to Bridgepoint trying the same thing…

Fairly ropey tuna sandwich made by APAX partners

Fairly ropey tuna sandwich made by APAX partners

Private equity giant loses yet more millions, all perspective (or is that just the financial press?)

It’s all very well trying to see the positive in a bleak environment, but identifying a loss of close to $100m as good news seems a little “unusual”, to say the least.

When you think you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s as well to quickly make sure that you haven’t just been imprisoned for all eternity inside a giant torch…

Oh well done, fellas! /
We thought you’d lose more money. /
Let the good times roll /