Secondary funds acquisition for Electra as it ramps up bank assets activity

Electra Partners has snapped up a clutch of secondary private equity funds in a deal which it describes as a 'discount'.

Private equity firm Electra Partners has invested £56 million to acquire a portfolio of funds from a bank.

The five secondary private equity funds are being bought from a bank at what is described as a ‘discount’ to the net asset value. Electra says that it expects to generate ‘strong cash distributions’ over the next few years.

Alex Fortescue, chief investment partner at Electra Partners, comments, ‘Five of Electra’s last six investments have been bank-related assets – we see continued strong deal flow in this area.

‘The portfolio we have acquired is an example of Electra using its flexibility to seek the best risk reward balance within the private equity market with the purchase price representing a discount of the valuation of the underlying assets.’

The transaction represents the second large investment made by the firm this year following its binding offer to purchase a portfolio of UBM’s Data Services businesses for £160 million. Before that, 2012 brought Electra Partners three sizeable acquisitions, including a rescue deal for Peverel, and seven exits.

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For the current deal, there are also commitments to the five funds for a further £21 million, funded from cash flow, and a ‘likely’ purchase of a sixth fund for a further £9 million by the end of February.

As of 30 September 2012, Electra Partners had funds under management of £1.3 billion and has an investment mandate of allocations of between £40 million and £100 million in deals up to £300 million enterprise value.

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter Ruthven

Hunter was the Editor for from 2012 to 2014, before moving on to Caspian Media Ltd to be Editor of Real Business.

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