The return of buyout clubs

With private-equity deals getting larger again - witness Blackstone's (BX) agreement to buy Gates Global for $5.4B - club deals are coming back into fashion.

The $1.6B in equity needed for the Gates purchase is more than even Blackstone wants to commit to a single deal, and - after a partnering deal with TPG fell through - Blackstone is canvassing fund investors to help pay. Club deals were popular amid the pre-crisis buyout boom, but have fallen out of favor since.

At issue are the returns from investing in these vehicles. A study of 600 buyouts over a 3-decade span found they delivered an IRR of 16.5% - not too shabby. However, by introducing adverse selection - i.e., the chance investors might pass on or might not get invited into the tastiest deals - the return drops to less than 1%.


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