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Hellman & Friedman caps Fund X at $22bn amid strong demand

The fund is targeting $20bn and has seen keen interest from LPs.

Hellman & Friedman is capping its tenth flagship fund at $22 billion, opting to keep the fund’s size near its target.

This comes amid a hot fundraising environment for established managers as limited partners continue to pour money into their most trusted relationships.

The hard-cap does not include the commitments from the firm itself, according to a staff presentation from New Jersey Division of Investment. The GP commitment will be 6.25 percent of the fund, or a minimum of $1.25 billion.

Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners X is targeting $20 billion, as Buyouts reported. In January, sources said the fundraising was moving quickly and the fund was expected to do a first close in February, but might stay open for some LPs who need more time to finalize commitments. It was not clear if that first close happened. A Form D was filed in early February but did not include how much the fund raised.

The New Jersey documents said Fund X would make 12 to 15 investments of between $400 million and $4 billion. Its target sectors will be software, internet and media, financial services, consumer and retail, healthcare, business and information services and energy and industrials. Up to 40 percent of the fund will be invested outside North America. The focus will be on control investments in traditional buyouts, corporate carve-outs, take-privates and recapitalizations. The fund will also make minority investments.

The firm’s previous funds have all performed extremely well, according to data from Aksia TorreyCove, New Jersey’s private equity consultant.

Its most recent offering, Fund IX, a 2019 vintage, had a 24.1 percent net internal rate of return and a 1.09x total value to paid-in multiple as of September 30, 2020. Fund VIII, a 2016 vintage, had an 18.8 net IRR and a 1.47x TVPI multiple. Fund VII is a 2011 vintage and has a 24.9 percent net IRR and a 1.87x net TVPI multiple.

New Jersey will be charged a 1.5 percent management fee to start out, which it will pay until either the end of the commitment period or the activation of the firm’s next fund. Following that, it will pay a 1.25 percent fee for two years, then will step down to 1 percent for two years and finally to 0.75 percent thereafter.

The fund has a 20 percent carry and no hurdle.

Hellman & Friedman is based in San Francisco. Its leadership team includes chief executive officer Patrick Healy and executive chairman Philip Hammarskjold. Partner David Tunnell leads its software and insurance sector investments, while partner Allen Thorpe leads healthcare and financial services sector investments. Both are graduates of Harvard Business School.

New Jersey committed $200 million dollars to the fund. Hellman & Friedman declined to comment.

Action Item: read Hellman & Friedman’s form ADV here.