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  1. 1. Private equity THE 401(K) CHALLENGE APRIL 8, 2013 Big private equity firms are working to make their products more accessibleto non-accredited investors, with 401(k) plans seen as the holy grail. Here, we explore the stumbling blocks and potential solutions.inside:Biggest Buyout Firms target $3.6 trillion 401(k) Market in Growth Push, p. 2q&a: veneruso of Callan associates says valuation, Fee issues Must Be addressed, p. 4q&a: debevoise Partners Predict ‘Meaningful’ amount of Capital for Pe, p. 5
  2. 2. 04.08.13 Bloomberg Brief | Private Equity Supplement 2LP WatCHBiggest Buyout Firms target $3.6 trillion 401(k) Market in Growth PushBY MARGARET COLLINS AND Defined Benefit Plans: A Dying Breed?DEVIN BANERJEE Private-equity firms are discovering a 800,000new type of client: ordinary people. Defined Benefit (# of Plans) Defined Contribution (# of Plans) Carlyle Group LP, Blackstone Group 700,000LP and KKR & Co., which usually opentheir doors only to clients willing to com- 600,000mit at least $5 million, are lowering thatthreshold or offering investments directly 500,000 DB Plans Frozen, 2011to individuals in an effort to attract fresh 400,000 Frozencash amid lackluster fundraising. Theirultimate goal: a slice of the $3.57 trillion 25% 300,000Americans have accumulated in their Open401(k) retirement plans. 200,000 75% The firms are looking for ways to movedown-market as a growing number of work- 100,000ers are pushed out of public and corporatepension funds and into 401(k)-style plans. 0 “We definitely would like to be part of401(k) platforms,” Michael Gaviser, amanaging director responsible for indi-vidual investor products at KKR, said in an Source: Department of Laborinterview at the firm’s New York headquar-ters. “We think about it every day because Private-equity funds raised $312 billion in November, is an open-end fund with athere’s so much demand.” globally last year, less than half the $669 $2,500 minimum investment and the op- Private-equity funds under U.S. rules billion gathered in 2007, according to data tion to withdraw money daily. The Alterna-can only be sold to accredited investors, from Preqin Ltd. Fundraising closed after tive Corporate Opportunities Fund is andefined as individuals with a net worth of an average of 17 months in 2012, com- unlisted closed-end fund with a minimummore than $1 million or annual earnings pared with 12 months in 2007, according investment of $25,000 and quarterlyof more than $200,000, or institutions to Preqin. liquidity. The funds, which will invest inwith more than $5 million in assets. Some With traditional investors reluctant to assets such as high-yield bonds and bank401(k) plans may qualify, though employ- commit new money, firms are getting loans, are the first pools managed by KKRers must ensure the investments offered more serious about accessing individual that are structured like mutual funds.have fees, risk, transparency and liquidity retirement plans, which have been a The firm is close to being able to addthat are appropriate for plan participants. reliable source of growth for traditional the high-yield fund to its own 401(k) asset managers such as Boston-based plan through Fidelity, according to a401(k) Plan Growth Fidelity Investments. person familiar with KKR’s plans. KKR Defined-contribution plans such as Assets in 401(k)-type plans will grow views that as a step toward offering the401(k)s let workers and employers contrib- about 6 percent a year to $5.03 trillion investments to other Fidelity 401(k)-planute to a retirement account that’s run by by 2016, surpassing the $4.9 trillion participants, said the person, who askedthe employee. The individual’s investing projected for public pensions and widen- not to be identified because the informa-decisions directly affect his or her retire- ing their edge over private pensions, tion isn’t public.ment income. Traditional pension plans, according to Boston-based research firm Nicole Goodnow, a spokeswoman forknown as defined-benefit plans because Cerulli Associates. Fidelity, declined to comment. Fidelity isthey promise a lifetime payment, pool “We’re seeing a great level of interest the nation’s largest provider of 401(k)s.large amounts of money and usually have by investment managers who have never Blackstone is seeking to develop prod-professional managers to invest it in a worked in the defined-contribution space ucts that would be suitable for individualvariety of assets. to find a way for their products to fit,” said investors, according to a separate per- Traditional pensions like the California Lori Lucas, defined-contribution practice son. Christine Anderson, a spokeswomanPublic Employees’ Retirement System leader at San Francisco-based Callan As- for New York-based Blackstone, declinedare among the biggest investors in private sociates Inc. to comment on the plans.equity, though they have become more KKR last year started two debt funds The firm last year partnered with Boston-selective after losses during the 2007- for individual investors. The Alternative based State Street Corp. to create an2009 financial crisis. High Yield Fund, which became available continued on next page 1 2 3 4 5 6
  3. 3. 04.08.13 Bloomberg Brief | Private Equity Supplement 3LP WATCH…continued from previous pageexchange-traded fund for speculative- get-date funds, the most common default Employers can take years decidinggrade loans. The fund, SPDR Blackstone/ option for employees joining the plans, on 401(k) investment choices becauseGSO Senior Loan ETF, started trading this said Callan’s Lucas. The funds usually are they’re liable under Department ofweek under the ticker SRLN. structured as mutual funds and hold a mix Labor regulations as fiduciaries, mean- Carlyle is starting a fund with New of assets that becomes more conservative ing they must act in the best interest ofYork-based investment firm Central Park as employees near retirement age. employees and select suitable funds withGroup LLC that will accept as little as The funds could add an alternative prod- reasonable fees.$50,000 from individual investors, accord- uct as part of the asset allocation with oth- The spread of alternative assets toing to a January regulatory filing. Central er sources of liquidity, Lucas said. Large 401(k)s will be slow because of “the na-Park Group will allocate money from the employers increasingly are using formats ture of the market,” said Kevin Chisholm,pool, called CPG Carlyle Private Equity such as collective trusts or creating cus- associate director at Cerulli.Fund, to a variety of Carlyle-managed tomized versions, which are regulated dif- BlackRock Inc., Fidelity, T. Rowe Pricefunds, with the aim of putting as much ferently from mutual funds and may allow Group Inc. and Vanguard Group Inc.,as 80 percent of the investors’ capital in for more illiquid investments, she said. four of the largest providers of target-datebuyouts. The minimum commitment to Assets in target-date funds will more funds in 401(k)s, said they have no im-Carlyle’s funds is typically $5 million to than double to $1.1 trillion by 2017, accord- minent plans to add private equity.$20 million. ing to Cerulli. The added cost and complexity of Carlyle expects its investment products “As that custom target-date world contin- alternatives have kept T. Rowe Price frommay eventually reach 401(k) plans, said a ues to develop, consultants are going to including them in its target-date series,person with knowledge of the firm’s strategy. want to bring more sophisticated invest- said Richard Whitney, director of asset Pensions have benefited from the ability ments to their clients,” said KKR’s Gaviser. allocation at the firm. Over time, there willto access a wider array of asset classes, “They’re trying to find greater returns, but be a convergence of practices seen insaid Alan Glickstein, senior retirement they can’t access the same investments pensions with those in 401(k)s, he said.consultant at Towers Watson & Co., a that defined-benefit plans can yet.” “I believe in the future non-accreditedNew York-based professional-services U.S. Senator Tom Harkin, an Iowa investors will ultimately be able to investcompany. Defined-benefit pension plans Democrat and chairman of the Senate in private equity,” Carlyle co-founderoutperformed 401(k)-type accounts by an Health, Education, Labor and Pensions David Rubenstein said in September. “Itannual average of 93 basis points from Committee, is pursuing changes to 401(k) will be possible in the future where 401(k)1995 through 2008 after adjusting for fees, plans. Harkin has said he will introduce check-off plans will be able to say, youaccording to Towers Watson’s latest data. legislation this year that would create can take a certain amount of your money “A 1 percent per year difference com- so-called USA Retirement Funds blend- a year and go into an illiquid private-pounds to a huge differential over a ing features of pensions and 401(k)s to equity fund.”person’s working and retirement lifetime,” improve worker outcomes.Glickstein said. A saver investing $100,000over a decade at an annual rate of 8percent, for instance, would earn $19,177 Defined Contribution Plans Growing Faster Than Defined Benefitmore than he would at a rate of 7 percent. Private-equity funds returned an averageof 14 percent from 2002 through 2012, IRAaccording to Seattle-based researcherPitchBook Data Inc. U.S. stock fundsgained an annualized 8.4 percent and 2012E-2017Ebond funds rose 5 percent a year, accord- Public DBing to Morningstar. 2006-2011 Investments that private-equity firms ulti-mately bring to 401(k)s may not mirror what Private DBthey’ve offered to traditional pension plansand wealthy clients, said Laura PavlenkoLutton, director of fund-of-funds research Public DCat Morningstar. A diluted version that fits in401(k)s may not generate the returns thatjustify higher fees, she said. Private DCTarget-Date Funds The likely entry point for private-equity -2% 0% 2% 4% 6% 8% 10%firms seeking access to 401(k)s are tar- Source: Cerulli Associates 1 2 3 4 5 6
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