GCM Grosvenor Inc. (NASDAQ:GCMG) Q3 2021 Earnings Conference Call November 10, 2021 10:00 AM ET
Stacie Selinger - Managing Director, Strategy and Corporate Development
Michael Sacks - Chairman and CEO
Jon Levin - President
Pam Bentley - CFO
Conference Call Participants
Chris Kotowski - Oppenheimer
Ken Worthington - JPMorgan
Please stand by. Good day everyone and welcome to the GCM Grosvenor November Webcast. Today's call is being recorded. [Operator Instructions]
At this time, I would like to turn the call over to Stacie Selinger. Please go ahead
Thank you. Good morning and welcome to GCM Grosvenor's Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Calls. Today I am joined by GCM Grosvenor's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Sacks, President, Jon Levin; and Chief Financial Officer Pam Bentley.
Before we discuss this quarter's results, a reminder that all statements made on this call that do not relate to matters of historical fact, should be considered forward-looking statements. This includes statements regarding our current expectations for the business, our financial performance, and projections. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from any of our expectations of future results.
Please refer to the factors discussed in the risk factors section of our 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31st, 2020, our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and our earnings release available on the Public Shareholder section of our website. These factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements on this call.
We'll also refer to non-GAAP measures that we view as important in assessing the performance of our business. A reconciliation of non-GAAP metrics to the nearest GAAP metric can be found in our earnings presentation and earnings supplement, both of which are available on the Public Shareholder section of our website. Our goal is to continually improve how we communicate with and engage with our shareholders. In that spirit, we look forward to your feedback.
Thank you again for joining us. And with that, I'll turn the call over to Michael.
Thank you, Stacie and thank you to all of you listening for your time and interest. The third quarter of 2021 was a strong one for GCM Grosvenor. We enjoyed good investment results, fundraising, and business performance. As a result, our outlook with regards to the remainder of 2021 and 2022 is constructive and our Board has increased our quarterly dividend 11% from $0.09 per share to $0.10 per share. The dividend is payable on December 15th, 2021 to shareholders of record on December 1st, 2021.
Our assets under management, fee-paying assets under management, and contracted not yet fee-paying assets under management increased 20%, 13%, and 19% respectively as compared to the third quarter of 2020.
Our fee-related revenue and fee-related earnings grew by 11% and 21% respectively, as compared to the third quarter of 2020 and 10% and 22% in comparison to the nine-month period ended September 30th, 2020. Our fee-related earnings margin for the third quarter of 2021 was 36% compared to 33% in the same quarter a year ago.
For the fourth quarter of 2021, we anticipate that growth in our fee-related revenue will approximate 5% compared to the third quarter of 2021 with resulting 2021 full year fee-related earnings coming in moderately above the high end of our 15% to 20% expected range.
With regard to 2022 and our fee-related revenue and fee-related earnings, we expect growth in fee-related revenue of 12 to 15% as compared to 2021 and growth in fee-related earnings of 20% to 25% as compared to 2021.
To achieve that results, we need to close 2021 in accordance with our current plan, experience flat net flows for Absolute Return Strategies in 2022, with 2022 Absolute Return Strategies performance in line with our normal run rate performance assumptions.
In addition, we are assuming private market fundraising in 2022 which is consistent with the fundraising levels of 2021. It is worth noting that 2022 fee-related earnings growth of 20% to 25% would exceed that of our original merger presentation.
Obviously, if we do not achieve our projected investment performance or fundraising goals. Our numbers will vary. As we have said before, due to the nature of the crystallization and realization of performance fees, it makes the most sense to focus on our fourth quarter and full year results with regard to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income.
That said, we are pleased that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income increased by 12% and 16% respectively compared to the same quarter last year, with increases of 24% and 38% for the nine-month year-to-date period.
Importantly, as of September 30th, 2021, we enjoyed $44 million of unrealized annual performance fees eligible to be realized in 2021. This means that we would have received $44 million of annual performance fees, in addition to the $9 million we have already collected this year at September 30th then the end of the year.
In the third quarter, we saw continued strong investment performance across private market strategies. The firm's share of investment and unrealized carry at NAV stood at $410 million as of September 30th 2021, an increase of 17% from June 30th of this year, and an increase of 125% from September 30th of 2020.
Turning to fundraising, we saw strong fundraising momentum across the business. In the third quarter, we raised $3 billion of new capital, bringing our year-to-date fundraising to $7 billion. As a reminder, we said last quarter that we thought fundraising in the second half of the year would exceed the $4 billion raised in the first half of the year.
Clearly, the third quarter was a strong step in the right direction. It is worth noting that as of the end of the third quarter, our pipeline stood at a similar size to our July 1st, 2021 pipeline, despite having successfully closed on $3 billion of fundraising.
Through yesterday, we've raised approximately $1 billion in the fourth quarter and we continue to see opportunity for the remainder of the year and into the future. While Jon will delve a bit deeper on fundraising, investing activity, and investment performance in a moment, I do want to mention two fundraising related items.
First is that as of today, we have raised approximately $2.2 billion since launching the four private market specialized funds that are in market, that is up from approximately $1.7 billion at the end of the third quarter.
The second relates to the $500 million Structured Alternative investment solution that just closed this week. This effort was led by GCM Grosvenor Insurance Solutions in close collaboration with our strategy and investment teams. It saw us begin a number of new insurance company relationships, and it supports our confidence in GCM Grosvenor Insurance Solutions going forward.
I would like to quickly call your attention to slide eight, which is new and provides an overview of our Absolute Return Strategies vertical. As you can see, this vertical has performed well over the last year with solid investment performance, stable fee rates, and 12% growth year-over-year in fee paying assets under management and management fees.
We saw $476 million of contributions to Absolute Return Strategies fee-paying assets under management in the third quarter against $391 million of redemptions and $110 million of distributions for a very modest net outflow of $25 million.
Importantly, as we saw in prior periods this year, fee rates were higher on inflows than on outflows, which means run rate revenue increased modestly from flows before the positive impact on compounded.
Slide eight highlights the ability for the Absolute Return Strategies vertical to grow in a flat flow environment, and I think is likely a better result than the market expected one year ago.
I want to mention that we recently published our 2021 Impact Report in conjunction with our 15th and Annual SEM Conference. The report is available on our website and reflects the ways in which we embrace our core values for the benefit of all of our constituencies.
Culture is important to us at Grosvenor, whether a culture of compliance, a culture of excellence, or a strong culture of service to our clients, and our Impact Report is a good way to get a sense of that.
In closing, we leave the quarter pleased that we continue to meet or exceed the metrics we have communicated to shareholders and remain optimistic with regard to our prospects for the remainder of the year and for 2022.
And with that, I’ll turn the call over the Jon.
Thank you, Michael. I’ll begin my remarks on slide six. We’ve experienced persistent and strong growth in our assets under management, fee-paying assets under management, and contracted but not yet fee-paying AUM. As you know, these are the metrics that in combination with stable fee rates and expanding margins fuel our earnings-powered growth.
Our total AUM has grown at a 10% compound annual growth rate since 2018 and the combination of our FPAUM and CNYFPAUM has compounded at a similar figure. As you are all well aware it’s been a healthy environment for private market alternatives over the past few years, and our business has benefitted from that backdrop. We’ve had a 16% compound annual growth rate in private market AUMs since 2018 with growth occurring in each of our private market sub-strategies.
From a composition standpoint, it’s worth noting that private markets represents 62% of our firm assets under management as of the end of the quarter as compared to 54% at the end of 2018.
Michael already spent time on Absolute Return Strategies where the earnings power has likewise increased from growth in both fee-paying AUM, which drives managements fees, and AUM eligible for annual performance fees. We continue to believe that having expertise across the full alternatives landscape better positions us to serve our clients and win mandates.
Reflective of this value proposition, the new capital raised this quarter and this year has been highly diversified across channel, geography, investment vertical, nvestment implementation style, and fee rate. Notably, more than 50% of our assets raised this quarter came from clients outside of the United States.
And as we’ve discussed our recent hires in Canada and Europe, along with our already strong presence across Asia, set us up well for continued future success internationally.
As you will see on slide 12, private markets drove more than three quarters of fundraising this quarter, benefitting from the strong tailwinds I mentioned. Within that, infrastructure was the most significant contributor, and we believe we have a meaningful addressable market in that strategy.
Finally, we continue to see support from both existing clients, which is always job number one, as well as new clients. As you know the foundation of our business continues to be partnering with our clients through customized separate accounts, which represent three quarters of our current AUM and are highly tailored to a client’s unique needs and circumstances.
Through customized partnerships, we’ve become deeply embedded in the client’s overall investment activities and are viewed as an extension of staff. We have a track record of successfully expanding our customized programs, and cross-selling between our verticals.
As of quarter end, more than 48% of our top clients work with us across multiple verticals, up from 36% a year ago. Customized separate accounts are key to our ongoing growth but as we’ve discussed in the past, we also see a significant opportunity from scaling our specialized funds.
On a year-to-date basis, approximately one-third of our fundraising has been in specialized funds, meaning they are growing at a faster rate than their current share of AUM.
We’ve talked before about our six identified private markets specialized funds. And to-date, we’ve raised $2.2 billion across those vehicles. Notably, it won’t be until 2024 that all six of those funds are done with fundraising, and we also expect to launch additional products on top of those six that we previously identified.
We’re excited to see our recent investments and our business development team have a positive impact on our fundraising momentum. The $500 million Structured Alternatives Investment Solution, which will invest across multiple of the firms’ specialized funds, is a good example of human capital investments in our business, driving growth and opportunity.
We anticipate building on the recent success of this vehicle and expanding similar offerings to investors in the coming year. What is clear to us from this effort is that there is ample opportunity to add value to the insurance industry.
Another area where we are seeing accelerating growth and significant growth potential is in the non-institutional capital space. Today, we offer our products and solutions on six platforms. Non-institutional capital comprised of approximately 5% of our current AUM, but has represented approximately 10% of capital raising year-to-date, meaning, again, that the growth in this channel is outpacing its current share of capital in our firm.
Importantly, despite this growth, we still believe we are long origination of investment opportunities. What we mean by that is that we have ample manufacturing capacity to continue to scale the business. Our vast footprint and sourcing network is a cornerstone of our success. Year-to-date, we've reviewed more than 2,500 opportunities across the platform.
With regards to investment activity, I mentioned the breadth of our sourcing network, but the third quarter was a very active one in terms of deployment. In the quarter, we invested nearly $3 billion of capital across 117 investments, bringing year-to-date capital deployment to nearly $9 billion.
We've also seen strong performance across the verticals. Trailing 12-month net performance for Absolute Return Strategies was 14% as of September 30th. Annualized net performance over the last three years was approximately 7%, which we are very pleased with on both an absolute and relative basis.
As a reminder, in addition to creating a favorable backdrop for asset raising, strong performance compounds our Absolute Return Strategies fee base and directly increases our management fee earnings power.
Within private market strategies, we saw a 17% increase in gross unrealized carry compared to the second quarter, which speaks to the significant appreciation our clients experienced on their investments during that period.
Now, I'll turn the call over to Pam to talk about our financial performance in more detail.
Thank you, Jon. Turning to slide 10, we continue to execute on our plan and deliver a strong value proposition, generating asset growth at attractive fee levels and enjoying continued fee-related revenue growth.
In addition, our earnings expansion outpaced our revenue growth as we unlock our embedded operating leverage and scale. Michael and Jon covered our asset growth in detail, so I won't address that other than to say we're very pleased with both the pace and trajectory of capital formation.
With regards to our fees, our fee rates have continued to be very stable across the business, a sign of our value proposition resonating in the market. We continue to experience a mix shift towards higher fee activities such as co-investments, direct investments, and secondaries.
Consequently, we are seeing an accelerating positive trend in our management fee earnings power. Our fee-related revenue this quarter increased by 11% over the third quarter of 2020. Part of this was driven by catch-up management fees from our private market specialized funds, which were $1.7 million in the third quarter.
Based on our current pipeline, we expect catch-up management fees to be higher in the fourth quarter. As Michael mentioned, we expect growth in fee-related revenue in the fourth quarter inclusive of catch-up management fees to be about 5%.
Moving to incentive fees, we realized $29 million in carried interest this quarter. And as we noted last quarter, while carried interest is realized throughout the year, we typically earn the majority of our annual performance fees in the fourth quarter.
The earnings power of our incentive fees continues to increase, providing us with significant upside and flexibility which I will address in a moment. Taking fee-related revenue and incentive fees together, the firm's adjusted revenue increased 16% compared to the third quarter of 2020 and 24% on a year-to-date basis.
Turning to slide 11, we are very pleased to see the investments we've made in recent years continue to drive growth in our assets under management and financial performance.
As Michael noted, on a year-to-date basis our fee-related earnings, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income all increased, illustrating the continued positive momentum of our business.
We also saw continued improvement in our fee-related earnings margin, which was 36% this quarter and we expect modest further expansion in this margin through the rest of the year. Our positive margin growth is the combined product of the scale embedded in our business and our continued discipline in managing expenses.
In the third quarter, fee-related earnings compensation decreased slightly relative to last quarter. At the same time, our discretionary cash base incentive fee related compensation, which relates to both realized carried interest and performance fees, increased this quarter as we continue to further align our compensation structure of our senior professionals with our investment performance.
In the third quarter, the firm retained approximately 63% of the incentive fees received after contractual carry obligations with the remaining 37% anticipated to be paid out from our discretionary incentive fee related bonus pool.
Specifically, this quarter, the firm's share of incentive fees, before our incentive fee bonus pool, was $9 million and the incentive fee bonus pool estimate was $3.4 million.
As I mentioned, the majority of our annual performance fees are typically realized in the fourth quarter so you can anticipate some seasonality in our incentive fees and incentive fee related compensation next quarter.
As of September 30th, the firm share of unrealized carried interest grew to $297 million, an increase of 179% from a year ago. Importantly, as you can see on slide seven, the firm share carry varied by vintage, ranging from 20% to 40% for older vintages and approximately 50% in recent years.
Consequently, the firm shares incentive fees before any discretionary incentive fee bonuses will continue to grow as more recent funds where we retained 50% of any carry realizations start to mature.
Over the longer term this bodes well for the firm’s margin and earnings. For 2022, based on potential realizations of both carry and run rate performance fees, we anticipate retaining 50% to 60% of our share of these incentive fees than of any discretionary incentive fee related bonuses.
Turning to our expenses, general and administrative cost decreased slightly from last quarter to $16.5 million in the third quarter, coming in lower than we anticipated as the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant delayed a broad return to travel. Already we’ve seen travel start to resume in the fourth quarter. So, we anticipate modest increases in G&A relative to the levels we experienced in the second quarter.
Turning to slide 13, the business continues to generate strong cash flow and our cash balance at quarter end was $120 million. Our $25 million stock and warrant repurchase program remains in place and we have spent $7.5 million of this amount through the end of October.
We have often cited strong free cash flow generation and the ability to return capital to shareholders as attractive features of our business. Last quarter we increased our dividend to $0.09 per share and this quarter we are again increasing our dividend to $0.10 per share, which will be payable on December 15th to shareholders of record on December 1st. We continue to be excited by the positive trend of the business and the significant earnings power we are creating.
Thank you again for joining us and we’re now happy to take any questions.
Thank you. [Operator Instructions] And we'll first hear from Chris Kotowski of Oppenheimer.
Yes, good morning. Thanks for taking my question. I wonder if you could start on the -- flesh out a bit more the $500 million alternative strategies fund that are a vehicle that you were able to raise? Is it -- can you just kind of describe as it kind of normal fee structure? And what should we expect the life of that to be? When does it get turned on? And also, I guess, just in general, is it replacing other vehicles that used to -- that insurance companies used to invest in with GCM, or is this completely new and incremental?
Thanks Chris. It's Michael. I'll try to take that. So, first, it's not replacing anything, it's new. It's an effort that was led by GCM Grosvenor Insurance Solutions and our strategy and investment teams and to me, it represents a quick start out of the gate in terms of the future of GCM Grosvenor Insurance Solutions and it's reassuring to me in terms of the prospects for that effort that we announced and just really began.
And it's probably a faster start than I would have thought it is full fee capital, largely private markets. It is long-term and it's probably easiest to think about it as a -- any type of a structured approach like a collateralized fund obligation or something, just to kind of what does it look like in terms of duration.
And -- but that is the capital, it's new. And frankly, from my perspective, the most constructive thing about it, these will start to turn on as early as early as this quarter and remain the fourth quarter, but what I really like about it is it's got us working with a good significant number of new insurance company, partners, clients, already so and then that doesn't mention those who kind of looked at it, but couldn't get themselves together enough time to be there for this one, but are interested in working together in the future. So, we feel really good about it and view it is just the positive development.
Okay, great. And then maybe you said it, and I just missed it. But were there catch up fees this quarter? And I think Pam said, we expected some -- you expected some in the fourth quarter, and I was wondering, is that what is the primary driver of the expected roughly 5 fee revenue growth in the fourth quarter is primarily the catch-up fees or is kind of underlying fee?
Pam can -- you can take that, Pam, but I would say that fourth quarter growth is obvious -- it's a combination of fundraising and specialized fund closes in Q4 that do have catch-up fees, but it's also just solid compounding on higher fee-paying AUM at the beginning of the quarter, the relative to the beginning of the prior quarter, and positive performance in ARS as well. But Pam, I don't know if you want to go back to the script comments.
Hi, Chris. Thanks for the question. As the fees -- catch-up fees in the third quarter were $1.7 million and as I indicated, they'll be slightly higher in the fourth quarter, and are part of that 5% expected growth number that we mentioned.
Okay, great. That's it for me. Thank you.
Thank you, Chris.
And next we'll hear from Jeff Smith [ph] of William Blair.
Hi, good morning, just touching on the $500 million Structured Alternative Solution, obviously, a great start for this new unit. What type of additional demand are you seeing out there from insurance companies? Do have some initial thoughts on sort of where that unit might go from a fundraising perspective? I mean, it's early, but just if you have to kind of initial thoughts, but knowing that--
Yes, it's early. I think Jon Levin addressed our aspirations for this unit in the last quarter, when he said he thought it could be a very significant part of our business going forward. And so I think everything we've seen so far, reinforces our decision to invest in this space.
And you saw earlier in the week we announced another hire inside a GCM Grosvenor Insurance Solutions, senior hire, we're thrilled about that. We intend to continue to invest in that effort. It is -- we think there's real opportunity there.
And as I said, not sure we thought we'd get out -- you know we'd always talk about seeing this contribute next year and it's obviously started to contribute faster than that. And we're engaging with that channel in ways that we never have before. And we are seeing various types of opportunity. Frankly, well beyond Structured Solution, so just normal custom account solutions opportunities, and we are we are enthusiastic.
Okay, great. And then the -- just looking at the private market fee-paying AUM funding, I think it stands at around $31 billion. Can you discuss how much of that is specialized funds now? I think you'd mentioned $2.2 billion has been raised in this sort of newer tranche of funds. So, does that brings a total to around $7 billion or $8 billion. And I'm just thinking how does that compare from the beginning of the year? And how much the higher fee rate did that come in just in terms of the mix there?
Sure, I know Stacie or Pam, if you have the AUM or FLAUM number for the specialized funds, obviously, the number that we cited was the fundraising number this year. It's the first time we've done that and we've heard the requests to do that. We've wanted to stay away from specific fund reporting until the funds are closed. But we did want to be responsive to the question set on how fundraising for the in-market funds are going and I don't know Stacie or Pam, if you have the FPAUM number for private markets specialized funds compared to private markets?
Hi, it's Pam. We do not publicly disclose the breakout of our private markets fee-paying AUM between the specialized funds or the separate accounts is something we are considering for the future. But at this point, we have not done that today. But the $2.2 billion number that Michael referenced in his comments is the fundraising for this year.
Okay. And then just one last time on G&A, I think you'd said, it was down a little bit on the quarter due to low travel activity that should sort of move back up in Q4. What type of magnitude should we expect there, I mean, with the Delta variant going on, I mean, travel seems to be still down. So, was that just kind of a modest increase? And any guidance you can give on 2022 for G&A as well would be helpful?
Sure. Yes, just a modest increase we would expect in the fourth quarter given continued lack of travel. But that is baked into our guidance that Michael mentioned that we expect to end the year slightly above our 15% to 20% FRE growth range. So, our expense growth is kind of baked into that number.
Similarly, for next year, certainly expecting some return to travel and higher travel in 2022, absent any further issues with the pandemic. So, certainly expect that next year and that's also kind of baked into our guidance for next year the 20% to 25%.
Got it. Okay, that's helpful. Thank you.
And next we'll hear from Ken Worthington of JPMorgan.
Hi, good morning. Thanks for taking my questions. So, appreciate the additional information on the private market side. I'm going to keep pressing here. You're in market, I think, was four funds, I think the $2.2 billion was just the funds raised this year on the four -- I know Jon mentioned six, as we look out over the next couple of years. Where are those funds right now in terms of assets, relative to their collective targets? Are we getting to the point where those funds are pretty much done? Is there a lot of runway left in terms of fundraising those funds, but I don't know, if we're 40% of the way to target 99% of the way to target. If you could just help us there in terms of those products and how close we are? And you don't like to do it individually, but maybe you would do it collectively.
So, -- and then
you -- sorry Ken, go ahead.
Yes. And then the pie in the sky is the fundraising environment is fabulous. So, if you had targets, is it possible that the fundraising environment is so good and you've got some really niche products in this set of four that the targets -- the stated targets are conservative and maybe we should think of things being closer to the hard cap. So, any color on that element? But the first part, I think, is the more important one of us to get?
Sure. So, what I was going to say was you push us on this, and we appreciate it truly and you can tell we're responsive and I wish we would have connected prior because I think we could probably figure out a way to talk about the first question that you asked.
So, have the funds in-market now, the four in-market now, only one of them will have a final close this year, the rest of them -- the remaining three will be in-market for a while longer, and you have room to go in terms of achieving fundraising.
And then there are additional funds that come on into market next year. And throughout the year, next year, and even, I think of those six that we've shown, they are all turned on by next year or very early and in 2023.
The -- and I think we probably can try to work out some metrics, so that you can understand how much time is left and things like that. We don't have a good math way to tell you that now, other than to say that we are -- we -- three of the four will stay in market, will report out on the one that has a final close in Q4, in our next call, three of the four will stay in market -- the funds in market.
It is, in general, a time where there's a tailwind in their strong pipeline, the funds in market in particular, in our multi-asset class fund are enjoying predecessor funds extremely good results and so we're optimistic there. But I think that the best way to think about what we've said today, I think really relates to our fee-related revenue and our fee-related earnings views with regard to next year.
And as we said, we achieved those rates of growth without a increase in fundraising relative to this year. So, I know this is not as precise as you would like. But we did say that was similar levels of fundraising to this year, that's kind of -- a couple of some other assumptions, but similar levels of fundraising, we get the growth. And we are, as you correctly point out in a good fundraising environment with a strong third quarter that we certainly will do everything we can to continue to roll forward.
Okay, great. And then I'm trying to kind of do the post mortem on Mosaic and Pamela, I'm not sure if this related to your comments. Incentive fee-related compensation was up this quarter, assuming I plugged the models and numbers in the model correctly, looked like $3.4 million. Incentive fees themselves, were just $300,000, again, assuming you're plugged in correctly. Is this related to how Grosvenor is treating the incremental earnings that are resulting from the repurchase of Mosaic? And was there a compensation payout this quarter on that earning stream that was previously directed to Mosaic?
Yes, the -- what you see in the quarter, the majority of our incentive fees are related to carried interest that was a result of unwinding the Mosaic structure. And we are including in that $3.4 million, a portion of that relates to the carried interest realized in the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, as I mentioned, we expect that to predominantly be incentive fees related to the ARS performance fees that are expected to be realized. And we'll see that related incentive fee comp in the fourth quarter primarily relate to those performance fees. So, you should see expect a similar level in the fourth quarter.
Okay. And so just one follow-up here. How should we think about this payout on what was formerly going to Mosaic? What is the rationale of paying employees rather than letting all of that incremental earnings on what was essentially a financing fall to the bottom-line.
And then in 1Q 2021, you presented a slide on the value of the purchase of Mosaic. The carry relative to the purchase price so like a valuation of six times, did that slide incorporate a payout on these Mosaic earnings? Again, trying to reconcile everything and I sort of assumed that this would fall to the bottom-line and it appears to not be. So, I'm trying to do this post mortem. Thank you.
So, -- and I think that we've always accrued a discretionary cash bonus pool, relative to firm share of incentive fees both carry, some of which was at Mosaic, and is not now and performances. And we accrue that as we go through the year, and we pay it out when we pay bonuses at the end of the year. And we have -- so to a -- the extent that we didn't -- we probably ate margin, rather than dinged people, when we did Mosaic, and we are able to get that those Mosaic revenues back, but also get some of the FRE margin back and realign comp through that.
And we're encouraged is that the firm share of carries, so not only are the performance fees in the ARS business growing, but the firm share of carry grows over -- as we look out over the next several years, we're still kind of burning off low -- firm share of carry.
So, that picture in general, with a bonus pool there will -- it was a good positive picture as we look forward. And if you want some help on your modeling, we'll -- we will happily do that with you.
But in general, I think we've got growing firm share, growing -- therefore, growing EBITDA, on top of growing FRE, and we've got a greater alignment of interest with our people, and the actual performance and receipts of the firm.
Great. Thank you very much.
We'll hear from Peter [indiscernible] of Morgan Stanley.
Hey, thanks for taking my question. You mentioned 10% of capital raised year-to-date is from non-institutional clients, what products are driving those inflows? And what new products can make sense for that customer set? And also just a quick follow-up, I think you mentioned you're on six platforms? How do you think about building out distribution teams to support that growth in that non-institutional customer set? Thank you.
So -- go ahead Jon. you take it.
Sure, I'm happy to take that one. So, I think that the in general the when you ask when you ask about what the type of interest that you're seeing in the non-institutional channel, I would say that it's similar thematically to what you're seeing in the institutional channel. And I think part of the whole thesis of trying to drive alternative solutions to non-institutions is to allow those investors to have the same set of experiences and allow them to build portfolios that are similar to what institutions can access.
So clearly, you're seeing the interest being largely in favor of private market type strategies. But I would say it's a similar mix private markets, more liquid alternatives to what you're seeing for the broader business.
I think in terms of building out the distribution and the coverage there, definitely it's an area where making some incremental investment we think would have positive return on capital. We have people that cover those channels, both in terms of what we would call an external sales perspective, as well as an internal sales perspective. And as we continue to see the assets that we raised there, take up a greater share of AUM. So, we talked about 5% of AUM to 10% of flows will continue to make smart investment from a distribution standpoint.
And was there anything further Mr. [indiscernible]?
No, that's it. Thank you.
It appears there are no further questions at this time.
Great, thank you all for joining the call. We appreciate the questions and the interest and we'll talk to you again soon.
Thank you very much.
That does conclude today's conference. Thank you all for your participation. You may now disconnect.