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TPG targets $4bn for next growth fund

The PE firm has received commitments from New Mexico Educational Retirement Board and Washington State Investment Board.

TPG Growth is getting back into the market with its largest mid-market and growth equity fund to date.

The firm launched TPG Growth V, targeting $4 billion, according to board members from New Mexico Education Retirement Board. The fund will focus on the healthcare, business services and technology industries.

“[TPG has] developed deep expertise and approval success in deploying capital within these sectors,” Kamal Maruf, a director at Blackrock who provided information on TPG’s fund, said at the New Mexico ERB meeting.

Founded in 2007 by former managing partner Bill McGlashan, TPG Growth manages around $12.5 billion in assets, its website shows.

McGlashan left the firm (TPG says it fired him) last year after federal authorities charged him with fraud related to the nation-wide college admissions scandal. McGlashan has denied wrongdoing.

New Mexico Educational Retirement Board committed $60 million to TPG Growth V. The pension has committed to TPG’s three previous growth funds and its Rise fund.

“TPG Growth is the single largest GP relationship that New Mexico ERB has across its private equity platform,” Steve Neel, New Mexico’s deputy CIO, said at the meeting. “To date we have $300 million committed in four separate funds.”

The system invested $75 million to TPG Growth II in 2011; $100 million to Fund III in 2015; $100 million to TPG Growth IV in 2017; and $25 million to TPG Rise Fund in 2017.

TPG’s previous growth fund, Fund IV, closed in December 2017 with $3.7 billion, according to data from Private Equity International.

“What’s particularly impressive about the growth platform is its impairment rate, which is less than 10 percent,” Neel said.

Washington State Investment Board also invested with TPG’s latest at its July meeting. The system committed up to $400 million to TPG Growth V, an investment document showed.

Information on the fund’s management fees and preferred rate are unavailable. TPG did not respond to request for comment.

Action Item: Check out a memo from New Mexico ERB on TPG’s fifth growth fund here.