DealMarket Digest Issue150 - 18 July 2014

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SEE WHATS NOTEWORTHY IN PRIVATE EQUITY THIS WEEK /// ISSUE 150 - July 18th, 2014: …

SEE WHATS NOTEWORTHY IN PRIVATE EQUITY THIS WEEK /// ISSUE 150 - July 18th, 2014:
- M&A Frenzy Continues with Blockbuster Tobacco Deal
- Culture Clash : PE and Family Businesses
- Optimism for MENA Region Dealmaking
- Vintage 2014 and Beyond: EY PE Trendspotting
- Cinven Passes Portfolio Company to Hony
- Quote of the Week: Growing Alternatives

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  • 1. DIGEST150 July 18, 2014 1 2 M&A Frenzy Continues with Blockbuster To- bacco Deal Culture Clash : PE and Family Businesses Optimism for MENA Region Dealmaking Vintage 2014 and Beyond: EY PE Trendspot- ting Cinven Passes Portfolio Company to Hony Quote of the Week: Growing Alternatives 3
  • 2. 2 www.DealMarket.com/digest M&A FRENZY CONTINUES WITH BLOCK- BUSTER TOBACCO DEAL The rejuvenation of an M&A frenzy is still going strong with a USD 25 billion tobacco giant deal an- nounced this week. Reynolds American is poised to buy rival tobacco company Lorillard Inc. It is the latest of a growing number of M&A deals above ten billion dollars. Such deals are at their highest level since 2007, according to Dealogic. Elsewhere Bloomberg picked up on the fact that this is also the largest M&A deal led by a female CEO. Susan Cameron, a tobacco industry veteran, is the company’s current CEO. She had also held the position for seven years between 2004 and 2011. Bloomberg says that women are often brought to the top chief’s position when a turnaround or fresh approach is re- quired, either to deal with a flagging company or flagging industry in which the company operates. The practice is sometimes referred to as the “Glass Cliff” for women, implying that it is a career make or break kind of thing. CULTURE CLASH: PRIVATE EQUITY AND FAMILY BUSINESSES When it comes to financing their family businesses, unless it is a high tech high growth business, the thought of private equity doesn’t come first to mind as a source of capital due its reputation for having a shorter term approach. Family businesses are famous for their conservative financial priorities, says Guido Corbetta, Prof. Strategic Management & Family Business, Bocconi University in a Family Busi- ness Blog article, explaining they prefer to use retained earnings for growth investments. And when they can’t, they borrow money from a bank with whom they have built a long relationship. Typically, family businesses don’t want to give up equity but if they do make that decision can help to profes- sionalize family business, making it less susceptible to nepotism & more open to outsiders with wider experience on the board and/or in senior management roles. The need for a change in culture is not all one-sided; PE firms have to start to show that they understand the concept of “patient capital”, that they’ll not sell their stake too readily, at least doubling their normal investment periods, says Corbetta.
  • 3. 3 www.DealMarket.com/digest OPTIMISM FOR MENA REGION DEALMAK- ING A healthier level of PE activity in the Middle East and North Africa region is expected in 2014 as more new PE funds are closed and exits were realized in the first half of 2014 compared to last year. Although research by KPMG and Zawya Thomson Reuters found that 2013 was a “challenging” and “flat” year for the PE and VC industries in the region, the medium to long- term outlook for the PE and VC industries in the region is “positive”, particularly compared with more mature markets in the West. Signals are getting stronger that the MENA region will pres- ent opportunities as its strong macro-funda- mentals continue to drive the region’s economic recovery, barring any unexpected changes in the forecasts. (Image Source: MENA PE Association Annual Report) CINVEN PASSES PORTFOLIO COMPANY TO HONY The latest billion dollar buyout, our deal of the week, illustrates how globalization is changing PE’s ability to grow businesses. European private equity powerhouse Cinven is selling its holdings in the U.K. restaurant chain PizzaExpress Ltd to Hony Capital for about USD 1.54 billion. Bloomberg reports that PizzaExpress operates in 13 international markets, including China and Hong Kong where it owns 22 sites. It has a total of 504 restaurants, of which 436 are in the U.K. Hony Capital’s plan is to grow the asset in the Chinese market, as well as to continue to drive its business forward in the UK.
  • 4. 4 www.DealMarket.com/digest VINTAGE 2014 AND BEYOND: EY PE TRENDSPOTTING The open window for exits via IPO was the dominant trend in PE in 2013, according to a study by EY. PE firms took 187 companies public, last year raising USD 58.5bn, up 70% by volume and 166% by value versus 2012. Finding the exit was easier than the continuing challenge of fundraising and finding deals that will generate solid returns, it said. PE firms raised a collective USD 401bn in new commitments, well above the USD 341bn they raised in 2012. Fundraising was driven by the larger funds returning to the market. As for the rest of this year, the IPO market should continue to be a source of liquidity (see the graphic above showing 1Q2014 activity). It is hoped that M&A will improve because there is a significant back- log of PE. It is one of the most pressing issues that PE firms face in 2014, said EY. (Image source: EY) QUOTE OF THE WEEK: GROWING ALTERNA- TIVES “Alternatives represent 18% of pension funds holdings now. When we started this survey 11 years ago alt assets represented 5% of pension funds’ assets.”” Who said it: Luba Nikulina Global Head of Private Markets, Towers Watson In context: WListening to Towers Watson’s Nikulina speak in a recent video for the press, it sounds like the future of PE will be a good bit different compared to the past. First of all, it will be even bigger than today’s USD 5.7 trillion global alterna- tive assets under management, which is already a staggering figure. In private eq- uity, there will be a continued downward pressure on GP’s management fees over the long term as LPs gain experience, power, and scale, according to the latest research by Towers Watson/Financial Times, published in The Global Alternative
  • 5. 5 www.DealMarket.com/digest Survey. There will be more tailored separate accounts as investors seek to reduce the amount of fees they are paying to invest in PE. TW also expects the secondary market to mature and grow in promi- nence, increasing the liquidity of the asset class. Within five years, a fundamental shift in the nature of the manager/ investor relationship is expected. Primary fund investing will become just one tool that large sophisticated investors use to get their private equity exposure, and it will be supplemented with increased co-investing, secondary activity and strategic partnerships. Real estate managers have the largest share of assets in the top 100 alt asset manager ranking (31% and over USD 1trillion). Second place is held by private equity fund managers (23% and USD 753 bil- lion), followed by hedge funds (22% and USD 724 billion), private equity funds of funds (10% and USD 322 billion). Where we found it: TW Video
  • 6. www.DealMarket.com/digest The DealMarket Digest empowers members of DealMarket by providing up-to-date and high-quality content. Each week our in-house editor sifts throughscoresofindustryandacademicsourcestofindthemostnotewor- thynewsitems,scopingtrendsandcurrentseventsintheglobalprivateeq- uitysector.Thelinkstothesourcesareprovided,aswellasaneditorialized abstract that discusses the significance of the articles selected. It is a free servicethatembodiesthevaluesoftheDealmarketplatformdelivers: Pro- fessional, Accessible, Transparent, Simple, Efficient, Effective, and Global. To receive the weekly digest by email register on www.dealmarket.com. Editor: Valerie Thompson, Zurich DealMarket DealMarket launched in 2011 and is growing fast. Just one year after launch, DealMarket counts more than 61,000 recurring users from 154 countries, over 3,000 deals & service providers promoted or listed on the platform. DealMarket is an online platform en- abling private equity buyers, sellers and advisors to maximize op- portunities around the world – a one-stop shop for Private Equity professionals. Designed by Private Equity professionals for Private Eq- uity professionals, the platform is easy to use, cost effective and se- cure, providing access, choice and control across the investment cycle. DealMarket’s offering includes • DealMarketPLACE , brings together buyers, sellers, and PE advisors from around the world. PLACE gives access to deals (direct invest ments, funds, and secondaries), investors, and PE service providers. Searching and postingis free. (no commissions). PLACE PRO is the exclusive deal exchange platform made for engaged professionals and companies with a truly unique value added proposition. • DealMarketSTORE offers affordable access to industry-leading third- party information and services on demand; and • DealMarketOFFICE is a state-of-the-art deal flow management tool, helping Private Equity investors to capture, store, manage and share their deal flow more efficiently. DealMarket was voted the “Best Global Private Equity Platform for 2012, 2013 and 2014” by Corporate LiveWire.