Firms looking to raise new funds in 2010 will face competition not only from their pledge-seeking peers but from the secondary market, as well.
Rising prices for secondary interests, a sizable pool of interests for sale, and a host of new buyers hitting the market are generating more activity in the secondary sector, which in turn is threatening to divert hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars away from the primary fund market in the coming year.
Several limited partners plan to raise their exposure to the secondary market next year—either through dedicated funds or by cherry-picking interests on the secondary market—at the expense of commitments they may have made in the primary market.
That’s not welcome news in a fund-raising market that’s already in the doldrums. In the first 11 months of 2009, U.S. buyout and mezzanine firms raised little more than $60 billion in new commitments, compared with nearly $250 billion during the same period in 2008.
Five LPs recently polled by Buyouts, a PE Week affiliate publication, said that any investments they make in the secondary market next year will reduce the amount they commit to new funds.
Of that group, three investors
A fourth LP, the
Meanwhile, according to secondary firm
Another recent report by San Francisco-based placement agent
Several of the vehicles listed in the report, including Coller Capital’s $6 billion-targeted Coller International Partners VI and
In October, the
However, industry pros believe there should be more than enough supply to meet the growing demand. “Given that trillions of dollars have been committed to PE over the last six to seven years, even if one assumes a very modest churn into the secondary market, this demand clearly outstrips the estimated $30 billion of capital sitting in secondary funds which is to be deployed over the next two to three years,” said Luca Salvato, a principal at Coller Capital. —Ari Nathanson
A longer version of this story appeared this week in Buyouts magazine, an affiliate publication.