Sponsor: Apollo Management
Listed Entity: AP Alternative Assets
IPO Size: $2 billion
Legal counsel: O’Melveny & Myers
Listing agent: J.P. Morgan
Paying agent: ING Bank
Accountant: Deloitte & Touche
The Holy Grail of permanent capital continues to lure private equity. In what could give the green light to more private equity firms launching public vehicles, New York’s
Apollo had initially sought to raise $2.5 billion. Those plans were scaled back following the listing of the
Apollo had initially sold 75 million shares in June for $1.5 billion. Consistent pricing on the exchange allowed for more shares to be sold, and investors have so far snapped up approximately 100 million shares of AP Alternative Assets for $2 billion. Like KKR’s public market company, Apollo’s IPO buyers represented large institutional shareholders already familiar with private equity. The
AP Alternative Investments will invest its capital in Apollo-sponsored deals. The public vehicle will be able to co-invest up to $1.5 billion alongside Apollo’s latest fund, the $10.1 billion Apollo Investment Fund VI. AP Alternative Investments also expects to invest in the firm’s Strategic Value Fund, its Apollo Investment Europe vehicle and co-invest as much as $150 million alongside Apollo Investment Corporation, the firm’s publicly held business development company. AP Alternative Investments may also purchase LP interests in existing Apollo funds.
While the tepid performance of the KKR listed entity reportedly scared off the likes of
For many, the move to the public realm is a sign of private equity’s institutionalization. It not only provides a pool of permanent capital, but bridges the gap between private equity’s cottage industry past and it’s rise as an institution today. It also helps answer the “succession” question as the industry’s forebears reach retirement age, and in some cases, it removes manufactured constraints, such as pre-determined investment windows.
While the move to the public market has gained steam in recent months, it is not necessarily a new trend. Last year