Washington has committed to 19 vehicles that it categorizes as small buyout funds, with vintages ranging from 1984 to 2011. Top of the small buyouts performers for Washington is the 1994 vintage Code, Hennessy & Simmons II LP, which posts a 32.59 percent IRR and 3.5x multiple. This is followed by the younger 2008 Evergreen Pacific Partners II LP, posting a 32.53 percent IRR and 0.9x multiple. In third place is the 1998 Nordic Capital Fund III LP, posting a 31.3 percent IRR and 3.6x multiple.
The state pension fund’s bottom three performers according to its most recent performance data as of September 30, 2012, are the 1995 vintage TSG Capital Fund II LP in third place posting a -8.54 percent IRR and 0.7x multiple. The youthful 2011 vintage Endeavour Capital Fund VI LP comes in second place from the bottom with a – 11.26 percent IRR and 0.9x multiple and TSG Capital features again in last place with its 1998 vintage TSG Capital Fund III LP, posting a -13.52 percent IRR and 0.6x multiple.
Top quartile IRR and multiple for Washington’s small buyout category was 19.67 per cent and 2.3x for the period. Bottom quartile was 4.33 percent and 1.1x and median was 10.68 percent and 1.1x. This compared favorably with the entire portfolio’s top quartile IRR and multiple which was 15.57 percent and 1.7x for the period; bottom quartile IRR and multiple at 1.91 percent and 1.1x, and median at 7.72 percent and 1.3x.
Washington State is invested in some 270 private equity funds ranging from 1981 vintage to present year, including buyouts, distressed debt, growth equity, mezzanine, special situations and venture capital. Top performers by IRR for the entire portfolio for the period include the 1997 Menlo Ventures VII LP in the pole position, recording an IRR of 135.58 percent and multiple of 4.7x. This is followed by the lucrative GTCR Fund VIIA LP, which posted an IRR of 83.01 percent and multiple of 2.8x for the period.
As of December 31, 2012, the total value of Washington State’s private equity portfolio stood at $16.1 billion.
For more information on Washington’s performance to September 30, 2012, click here.
Angela Sormani is a special correspondent for Buyouts in London.
5. Astorg II LP
IRR: 23.75 percent
4. Endeavour Capital Fund IV LP
IRR: 24.2 percent
3. Nordic Capital Fund III LP
IRR: 31.3 percent
2. Evergreen Pacific Partners II LP
IRR: 32.53 percent
1. Code, Hennessy & Simmons II LP
IRR: 32.59 percent
5. Endeavour Capital Fund V LP
IRR: 3.13 percent
4. Banc Fund VII LP
IRR: -7.45 percent
3. TSG Capital Fund II LP
IRR: -8.54 percent
2. Endeavour Capital Fund VI LP
IRR: -11.26 percent
1. TSG Capital Fund III LP
IRR: -13.52 percent