PA SERS backs Clearlake, Insight funds

Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System has an existing relationship with both Clearlake Capital and Insight Partners

Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System (PA SERS) committed up to $150 million to private equity funds at its December meeting, according to its website.

The system invested $75 million with Clearlake Capital Partners’ sixth fund, targeting $5 billion on a $7 billion hard cap, according to Buyouts. The company invests in the software, tech-enabled, consumer, energy and industrial sectors.

Clearlake Capital Partners VI could close with more than $5 billion in December, Buyouts previously reported. Its fifth fund closed with more than $3.6 billion last year.

Last month, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund also pledged $75 million to Fund VI, Buyouts reported.

PA SERS also committed $75 million to Insight Partners’ Fund XI. Fund XI is targeting $7.25 billion, according to sister site Private Equity International to invest between $10 million and $150 million and make between 65 and 75 investments, Buyouts reported.

Washington State Investment Board committed $200 million to Insight Partners XI at its Nov. 22 meeting, according to Buyouts.

“In both cases, the commitments are follow-on opportunities with existing general partners that have evidenced strong returns in previous investments on behalf of SERS,” according to a press release.

Pennsylvania committed $75 million to Clearlake Opportunities Partners II, in February. The fund focuses on structured and distressed equity; and opportunistic credit investments for North American middle-market businesses, Buyouts reported.

The system committed to Insight Partners IX in 2014, which targeted software and internet companies. The fund closed in 2015 with $4.75 billion, according to the Insight website.

Private equity brought in a 0.97 percent return for the third quarter for PA SERS and year-to-date investment return of 7.16 percent as of Sept. 30, its website shows.

According to its pacing plan, the $29.6 billion system set its annual pacing target at $650 million in new PE commitments to hit its 16 percent target allocation.