DEER ISLE: Insights, Flows & Investment Trends

Two Fund Managers Talking to Each Other About Buying / Selling Assets (True Story!)

Fund Manager 1: “There are so many assets to buy…I can pretty much buy any assets at a 15%+ IRR

Fund Manager 2: “I hear you / I am seeing the same thing”.  I know that you are trying to sell “y” asset in your portfolio – what kind of a return are you offering on it?

Fund Manager 1: Sell my asset? Would not sell for more than 8% IRR!

This pretty much says it all about the state of the private markets. 

Until this bid/offer closes – private markets are in fragile territory.

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Capital Provider Interest – We have interest from large multi-family offices for Funds less than $1.5B.  

Funds – Zombie Funds? Bloomberg article focuses on “zombie” funds. Smaller funds can no longer raise capital.   We have been noticing/writing about this trend for many months (here is one article – Institutional Capital Providers are Full) and have adjusted our process to enable funds of all sizes to have a chance of capital raising.  Contact us if you want to know more.  

Venture Capital – Support Your Assumptions: We hear from numerous Venture Firms that they are not getting traction with their capital raise.  When we look at their materials – it becomes clear – why.  Models have been developed with minimal support for the assumptions.  See our article on Supporting Assumptions even with Limited Operations.  

Sponsors/Search Funds – Has this Space Become Overcrowded? Last month we mentioned that we thought this space has become overcrowded and that Business Schools were minting new Sponsor/Search Funds at an unusual rate.  Bloomberg published an article this month noting the phenomena. Capital Providers will have to be more diligent when assessing Sponsor or Search Fund transactions – especially when conducted by untested people and it will become harder to raise capital given a more competitive environment.