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  • Mon, Jun. 8, 8:04 AM
    • A list of external managers used by the $305B retirement system includes giants like KKR, Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG), and Blackstone (NYSE:BX).
    • The industry bellwether today will make public plans to reduce to 100 from 212, the direct relationships it has with private-equity, real estate, and other external funds, reports the WSJ.
    • The move - coming under the leadership of CIO Ted Eliopoulos who took the reins last year - won't necessarily change Calpers' investment strategy nor the amount of assets managed internally vs. externally. The 100 left will just get a bigger pool of funds to manage, though they likely will be pushed to lower fees.
    • As recently as 2007, Calpers had about 300 external managers.
    | Mon, Jun. 8, 8:04 AM | 6 Comments
  • Mon, Jun. 1, 12:17 PM
    • KKR and Dubai-based Fajr Capital are close to buying a 25% stake in Lebanon-based fashion retailer Azadea Group, according to Reuters. Azadea operates across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, and Pakistan, and holds the franchise rights for brands like Gap, Zara, and Superdry.
    • Sources say the stake being sold could fetch between $400M and $500M.
    • The Middle East consumer sector is a popular one for investors given the region's young and increasingly wealthy population, and KKR's name has surfaced as a possible buyer in a number of deals.
    | Mon, Jun. 1, 12:17 PM | 2 Comments
  • Tue, May 26, 8:54 AM
    • “The private wealth side is such an under-tapped segment, and way under-invested in alternatives,” says Brendan Boyle, Blackstone's (NYSE:BX) senior managing director of private wealth management. For Blackstone, $43B of its total $310B in AUM comes from private wealth - more than triple the amount of five years ago.
    • Across all of P-E, family offices account for about 6% of capital, up from about 4% in 2010.
    • By aiming at these new pools of wealth, private equity is looking to reduce its reliance on state and corporate pension plans, but it's not all about gathering assets - family offices often bring loads of expertise which can be put to use in the buyout game.
    • "They didn't really pitch products," says a money manager for the founders of a consumer-products company, who was recently flown into NYC by KKR. "They brought out David Patraeus."
    • Source: Bloomberg
    | Tue, May 26, 8:54 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, May 11, 3:36 PM
    • KKR will begin marketing the fund in Q3, reports Bloomberg, and is targeting $10B at a minimum.
    • Competitor Blackstone collected $17B for its latest fund in seven months, according to sources, and Apollo Global last year completed the raising of $18.4B.
    • KKR's 11th North America-focused fund, which started investing in 2012, raised $9B from 2011-2014, and was about 60% invested as of March 31. It's produced an annualized return of 21% after fees.
    | Mon, May 11, 3:36 PM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, May 5, 3:46 AM
    • Preparing the ground for its next flagship North American buyout fund, KKR (NYSE:KKR) is merging some of its private equity industry teams in the U.S. after several more of its leaders stepped down.
    • KKR will combine its technology group with its media and communications team and merge its retail team with its consumer group.
    • "We believe this realignment reflects the convergence of the internet, technology, media and communications industries, with end markets," said KKR executives Alexander Navab and Suzanne Donohoe.
    | Tue, May 5, 3:46 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Apr. 23, 8:27 AM
    • Q1 economic net income of $599.4M or $0.62 per share vs. $630.3M and $0.77 one year ago.
    • Private Markets revenue of $868M vs. $730.7M a year ago. ENI of $568.5M vs. $485.4M.
    • Public Markets revenue of $50M vs. $145.6M a year ago. ENI of $2.8M vs. $97.8M a year ago.
    • Capital Markets revenue of $44.4M vs. $69.2M a year ago. ENI of $28.1M vs. $47.1M.
    • Distribution of $0.46 per share declared.
    • Conference call at 10 ET
    • Previously: KKR beats by $0.09, beats on revenue (April 23)
    • KKR +1.5% premarket
    | Thu, Apr. 23, 8:27 AM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, Apr. 23, 8:10 AM
    • KKR (NYSE:KKR): Q1 ENI of $0.62 beats by $0.09.
    • Revenue of $294.41M (-5.2% Y/Y) beats by $32.09M.
    • Press Release
    | Thu, Apr. 23, 8:10 AM | Comment!
  • Wed, Apr. 22, 5:30 PM
  • Tue, Mar. 31, 7:00 AM
    • KKR (NYSE:KKR) and Hong Kong-based Anchor Partners are in talks to buy a majority stake in Groupon's (NASDAQ:GRPN) South Korean unit for around 350B won ($316M), Reuters reports quoting the Korea Economic Daily.
    • The two firms are in final talks to acquire a 51% stake in e-commerce firm Ticketmonster.
    • GRPN -1.5% premarket
    | Tue, Mar. 31, 7:00 AM | 12 Comments
  • Mon, Mar. 30, 8:09 AM
    • David Swenson - the investment manager of the Yale endowment - ushered in the private-equity era nearly three decades ago with his success in allocating part of the portfolio to "alternative" assets, writes Andy Kessler. The so-called Swenson model has been widely copied since, and last year 765 P-E funds raised $266B, up 11% from 2013.
    • Private-equity, however, has peaked, argues Kessler, noting a number of reasons, among them the ending of the three-decade-plus decline in interest rates, a slowdown in bank lending for the leveraged deals upon which P-E runs, and the threat of tax reform in which interest rate deductions for debt could be targeted.
    • Most importantly though, says Kessler, P-E is an economic growth killer. Buying out a drugstore chain and loading it with debt isn't investing in the productivity of the economy. Instead, it does just the opposite - generating wealth for the endowments and pension funds invested, but destroying it for the economy.
    • Kessler throws in one more reason P-E is done: The industry is fresh out of big targets. The bust of Energy Future Future holdings means utilities are out, and what's left in food following the Kraft purchase? Tech? Forget it, as the money required to service debt squeezes out what's needed for R&D.
    • Among those reading this morning: BX, KKR, CG, APO, FIG.
    • ETFs: PSP, PEX
    | Mon, Mar. 30, 8:09 AM | 12 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 26, 11:37 AM
    • Private-equity buyouts of $17.14B YTD are at their lowest level since 2012 as banks - with regulators looking over their shoulders - cut back on the amount of debt they'll extend for takeovers. Leveraged loan volume this year of $26.5B is 82% less than the same time frame in 2014, and the lowest since 2009.
    • Fewer and smaller deals, along with less leverage means less risk, but also means lower returns for buyout firms. It also means lower prices for sellers.
    • “The limitation on leverage has taken away some buying power and in some cases, created a gap between sellers’ expectations and the price that private-equity firms can justify paying,” says Carlyle Group's (CG -1%) Pete Clare.
    • According to S&P Capital IQ, 21% of P-E deals this year have been financed with leverage at or above levels deemed risky by regulators; that's down from 35% in Q4 and 60% in Q3.
    • Along with Carlyle, Blackstone (BX -0.9%) in its annual report warned leverage restrictions could hurt its business. Apollo Global (APO -1.7%) and KKR (KKR -1.2%) included similar language in both their 2013 and 2014 filings.
    • Source: WSJ
    • ETFs: PSP, PEX
    | Thu, Mar. 26, 11:37 AM | 3 Comments
  • Wed, Mar. 18, 9:25 AM
    • A JPMorgan-led group holding the paper on a $1B revolver on the natural gas producer is nearing a deal to give Samson a waiver for an expected covenant breach, reports the NYPost. This comes as the Fed presses JPMorgan and other lenders to increase their reserves against energy-related loans.
    • As part of the waiver deal, JPMorgan is expected to reduce the size of Samson's line of credit. A similar agreement last year cut the revolver from $1.8B to today's $1B.
    • The waiver hardly gets Samson out of the woods as it has an interest payment due to junior creditors in August.
    • KKR led the buyout of Samson for $7.2B in 2011.
    • Previously: Report: KKR's Samson Resources near breaking loan covenants (March 11)
    | Wed, Mar. 18, 9:25 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Mar. 17, 12:00 PM
    • Apartment prices in North Dakota's oil patch - which last year rivaled those in NYC - have dipped 15-20% in the last two months, reports Reuters - a combination of frenzied building and the plunging oil prices.
    • The town of Williston issued permits for 1,290 units in 2014, ten times the amount in 2009. At that city's Dakota Ridge apartments a 2-bedroom which went for $3.2K per month one year ago is going for $2.6K now, even with just-added perks like a hit tub and free alcohol/snacks in the common lounge.
    • KKR upscale Prairie Pines has cut rents by nearly 20% since last summer.
    • "I could see the quality of life improving for some people if they're not worried each month about how they're going to make rent," says Investors Real Estate's (IRET +0.3%) Justin Hammer. IRET owns apartments in Williston and Minot, some of which it's pricing below market to appeal to families and retirees.
    | Tue, Mar. 17, 12:00 PM | Comment!
  • Sun, Mar. 15, 5:47 AM
    • In one of the biggest deals in the Asia-Pacific region so far this year, a consortium of KKR (NYSE:KKR), Varde Partners and Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB) has agreed to buy GE (NYSE:GE) Capital's Australian and New Zealand consumer lending arm for about $A8.2B ($6.26B).
    • The move comes after General Electric disposed of its appliances unit, real estate holdings and a stake in NBCUniversal, and shed more of its banking businesses to return to its industrial focus.
    • Previously: GE reportedly weighing deeper cuts to banking business (Mar. 11 2015)
    | Sun, Mar. 15, 5:47 AM | 39 Comments
  • Wed, Mar. 11, 8:48 AM
    • One of the country's largest privately-held natural gas producers, Samson Resources - owned by KKR - is expected to break its loan covenants within weeks, reports the NYPost.
    • Samson last month hired restructuring advisers and is in talks with a JPMorgan-led group over its $1B revolver. Samson last year broke the covenant on this line and JPMorgan gave it a waiver while lowering the borrowing limit to $1B from $1.8B.
    • KKR - which led the $7.2B buyout of Samson in 2011 - could see its equity stake wiped out less than a year after another of its energy portfolio, Energy Future Holdings, filed for bankruptcy.
    | Wed, Mar. 11, 8:48 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Mar. 10, 2:18 PM
    • KKR (NYSE:KKR) is in advanced talks to acquire Air Medical Group from Bain Capital in a deal that could value the U.S. helicopter ambulance company at around $2B including debt.
    • A deal could be announced as early as this week.
    • Bain acquired Air Medical in 2010 in a $1B deal.
    • Bain is working with Barclays on an auction for Air Medical.
    • Source: Reuters
    | Tue, Mar. 10, 2:18 PM | Comment!
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KKR & Co LP offers a broad range of asset management services to its investors and provides capital markets services to its firm, its portfolio companies and its clients.
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Country: United States