Deal market digest issue 84_21 february 2013


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Deal market digest issue 84_21 february 2013

  1. 1. DIGEST 84SEE WHAT’S NEW AND NOTEWORTHY IN PRIVATE EQUITY THIS WEEK /// ISSUE 84 1 Remarkable ‐ PE Performance  during the Financial Crisis IPO Positive: Institutional Investors  2 Canadas Blowout Year for PE  Heinz Buyout is a PE  Mega‐deal  Is the Mega Buyout Back? 3 Quote of the Week: PE’s Reputation  Risk February 21, 2013
  2. 2. REMARKABLE – PE PERFORMANCEDURING THE FINANCIAL CRISISPE performance stands out from the equities crowd. Contrary to a commonly held assumption that private equity investments performed badly during the financial crisis in comparison with other asset classes, a study released this week by Golding Capital and performed by HEC revealed it is in fact performing rather well. Claiming to be the first empirical analysis of the relative performance of private equity during the financial crisis, the study reports that transactions closed in the years 2006 to 2008 achieved an “exceptionally positive alpha” of 20.5 %. It says that even measured in absolute returns, these private equity deals were positive at 2.7 % and 5.1 % respectively. Comparable stock market returns were negative at ‐2.4 % and ‐15.4 %. Private equitys long‐term average alpha is 9.7 %. This average value is calculated on the basis of more than 5,200 relevant transactions completed between 1977 and 2011. Founded in 1999, Golding Capital is a PE advisory firm guiding about EUR 2.5 billion in assets. It clients include German insurance companies, pension funds and banks, particularly savings banks and cooperatives.IPO POSITIVE: INSTITUTIONALINVESTORSA new Ernst & Young global survey of 300 institutional investors shows that this group is increasingly positive about the IPO market this year. A vast majority ‐ 82% ‐ have invested in pre‐IPO and IPO stocks in 2012 comparedto only 18% in either 2010 or 2011. Goingforward investors cite the prospect of a brighter corporate earnings outlook, an improving macro‐economic environment and more stable equity markets as the key drivers of sustained positive market sentiment through 2013. The E&Y info graphic does an excellent job at explaining the sentiment on IPOs. 1
  3. 3. CANADAS BLOWOUT YEAR FOR PECanada set records for activ‐ity and high investment levels with CDN 11.6 billion of new investments via 313 transactions buyout PE deals in 2012, according to a statistical report from CVCA‐ Canadas Venture Capital & Private Equity Association and research partner Thomson Reuters. The figures  signal a rebound in activity post‐financial crisis, says CVCA. Mega‐deals (those greater than one billion CDN dollars) drove the increase, including the Apax take private of Montréals Garda World Security Corp., and BCE‐led buyout of Torontos Q9 Networks Inc., but mid‐market deals actually played the “vital role”, according to the report. Canadian  Image source: CVCAbuyout‐PE funds were also more active deal‐makers on an international basis in 2012.  HEINZ BUYOUT IS A PE MEGA‐DEALWarren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway and the private equity firm 3G Capital are set to buy ketchup giant H.J. Heinz for a USD 23.2 billion, according to Reuters. That makes it the deal of the week by a long shot. The news came out on Thursday. This is not the first time 3G Capital has been in the news in the past year. We noted their involvement in a Burger King buyout, and Reuters has several other deals the firm was involved in, including some background on the principle partners in 3G. IS THE MEGA BUYOUT BACK? Preqin’s latest analysis of deal activity says that  there is scope for more mega‐sized buyout deals in  the coming months. It points to activity so far in  2013, which saw the two largest PE‐backed public‐ to‐private transactions announced since the  buyout boom period of 2006‐2007. mega buyout.  The two deals are: the USD24.4bn Silver Lake ‐ backed privatization of Dell Inc. and the  Berkshire  Hathaway and 3G Capital‐ backed  buyout of H.J.  Heinz Company.  Image source: prequin2
  4. 4. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: PE’S REPUTATION RISK “Unfortunately, for those GPs doing things  right, these scandals continue to taint the  public image of private equity, making it  difficult to convince the public and investors  that the private equity model can be good  for business.” Who said it: unquote, a PE industry trade publicationImage source: unquote In Context: unquote researched and described PE’s most embarrassing moments in recent years, an  effort sparked by the recent horse meat debacle (horse meat made its way into European‐branded  frozen lasagna in addition to the beef that was supposed to be in it). The company in question was  backed by PE.  Here is its summary of PE’s recent embarrassing moments • Lion Capital‐backed Findus  and  Comigel, which is backed by Céréa Capital  • CVC‐backed Formula One corruption case  • PE‐backed care home patient neglect ‐ KKR, Triton, and Blackstone  • Habbo Hotel fails on child protection – online kids network was backed by 3i and Balderton The article and quote above picked up on the public relations aspect, pointing out an opportunity for  PE players. 4
  5. 5. The Dealmarket Digest empowers members of Dealmarket by providingup‐to‐date and high‐quality content. Each week our in‐house editor siftsthrough scores of industry and academic sources to find the mostnoteworthy news items, scoping trends and currents events in the globalprivate equity sector. The links to the sources are provided, as well as aneditorialized abstract that discusses the significance of the articlesselected. It is a free service that embodies the values of the Dealmarketplatform delivers: Professional, Accessible, Transparent, Simple, Efficient,Effective, and Global.To receive the weekly digest by email register on Valerie Thompson, ZurichDealMarketDealMarket launched in 2011 and is growing fast. Just one year afterlaunch, DealMarket counts more than 35,000 recurring users from 154countries, and over 3,000 deals and service providers promoted or listedon the platform.DealMarket is an online platform enabling private equity buyers, sellersand advisors to maximize opportunities around the world – a one‐stopshop for Private Equity professionals. Designed by Private Equityprofessionals for Private Equity professionals, the platform is easy to use,cost effective and secure, providing access, choice and control across theinvestment cycle.DealMarket’s offering includes• DealMarketPLACE, an unfiltered view of the global deal and advice marketplace, where searching is free and postings are the price of a cappuccino a day (with no commission).• 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”by Corporate Newswire.