Firm: Catterton Partners
Fund: Catterton Partners VI-B LP
Target: $200 million
The Greenwich, Conn.-based firm, which last year was expected to come to market with a full-fledged seventh fund, is now seeking to “top off” its sixth fund with an additional $200 million, according to a regulatory filing. The capital raised for
The effort is not a replacement for Catterton Partners’s seventh fund, a person familiar with the situation said. In August 2008, Buyouts reported that the firm was preparing to launch a full-fledged fundraising campaign for Fund VII with an expected target of $1.25 billion to $1.5 billion.
Raising “top-off” capital for an existing fund has become more popular in the past year with the decline in the fundraising market. A number of firms have successfully raised top-off funds with the aim of investing the capital in new investments. Earlier this year,
Catterton Partners earned a strong return on its last two exits: The firm earned around 7x its investment in natural pet food maker Wellness Pet Foods, which it sold to
But the consumer products-focused firm isn’t immune to recessionary woes. Portfolio company Lang Holdings, an investment from
Buyout-backed companies in the consumer products industry have suffered disproportionately more compared to those in other sectors. As of Sept. 2, consumer-facing companies made up 14 of the 59 LBO-backed bankruptcies year-to-date, a greater number of failures than in the struggling automotive and media sectors. But consumer products buyouts have continued at a strong clip, remaining in the top three sectors for new deals in 2009. The third quarter saw buyout pros make 16 consumer products-focused investments, according to Buyouts.
However, consumer products companies have not represented a large piece of the newly awakened exit market. Of the 52 buyout-backed companies which exited in the third quarter, only four fell into the food, retail, and consumer categories.