Firm: Bain Capital
Fund: Bain Capital X LP
Target: $15 billion ($10 billion main fund, $5 billion co-invest)
Amount Raised: Undisclosed
With an offering memorandum expected to go out this month,
Needless to say, nothing has tarnished its solid-gold image. The firm has plenty to show investors, having embarked on a flurry of exits and acquisitions in the last month alone, including the exit of Sigma Kalon, a Netherlands-based company that produces architectural, protective, marine and industrial coatings. Bain Capital sold the company for $3 billion to PPG Industries Inc.
But fundraising efforts for
In the past, Bain Capital has been able to raise funds largely by tapping its existing pool of investors, heavily comprised of foundations and endowments such as
“I would say the new phenomena for them this time around … is that they’ve really had to beat the bushes to try to get some new investors to commit,” said a source at one of Bain Capital’s limited partners. Another industry source acknowledged that it’s likely Fund X will take commitments from a larger number of pension funds than prior funds, but said the lion’s share of commitments will still come from existing investors.
Public pension funds have the deep pockets endowments and foundations lack, but can be far more ticklish on certain issues. In the past, some have been reticent to commit to Bain Capital because the firm pockets a premium rate of carried interest—30 percent on its main fund vs. the standard 20 percent charged by most firms, according to the LP source. In addition, because Bain Capital has engaged in a number of club deals, investors may feel that they can gain exposure to the same transactions without paying that premium, our LP source said.
When it first moved to a premium carry, Bain Capital justified the shift in part by pointing to its unusually deep bench of investment professionals; it softened the blow by raising its preferred return. In addition, the buyout shop only charges 30 percent carried interest and a standard two percent management fee on the $10 billion main fund. As with past Bain Capital funds, the $5 billion co-investment fund charges a 20 percent carry and takes no management fee until the money is invested.
Fund X is Bain Capital’s fifth fund to employ a co-investment vehicle.
Bain Capital may need to close on capital shortly if it is to continue feeding its recent appetite for deals. Within the past three months alone, the firm has wrapped up a number of deals. In addition to buying the kitchen and bathroom division of American Standard for $1.76 billion, Bain Capital won the auction to acquire Brakes PLC, one of Europe’s biggest food service providers, for £1.4 billion ($2.8 billion). Bain Capital and
On the exit side, federal regulators in July approved the firm’s exit of luggage giant Samsonite Corp., which it owned roughly 85 percent of, together with