Private Equity Portfolio

VPEG5 will only make investments into or alongside, later expansion and buyout funds that target the consistently strong performing, lower to mid-market segment of Private Equity in Australia, where businesses typically have an enterprise value of between $25m – $250m at initial investment. This segment of Private Equity is attractive due to the following reasons:

  • There is less competition for deals, businesses can be purchased at lower purchase multiples and lower levels of debt are utilised in this segment than the highly competitive, large or mega market private equity fund space, that is dominated by global private equity firms.
  • The majority of growth in value of private equity backed businesses in this segment is generated by sustainable earnings enhancement rather than the financial engineering or cost cutting approach that is typical of the larger market space.
  • Private Equity executives work more actively in partnership with the management of portfolio companies in this segment and bring deep financial and business skills as well as the broad networks and experience that are essential for transformational business growth.
  • This segment also benefits from the ability for Private Equity funds to exit (or sell) portfolio companies by several different methods, including;
    • an Initial Public Offer (or listing on a public market),
    • a Trade Sale to a larger industry player or
    • as a “Secondary Sale” to a larger, often global, private equity fund.

As VPEG5 develops its Private Equity portfolio over time, a summary of each underlying fund commitment and investment is provided below.

February 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $20 million investment commitment to Advent Partners 3 Fund

February 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $20 million investment commitment to Allegro Fund IV

February 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $20 million investment commitment to Anchorage Capital Partners Fund IV

February 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approve a $1 million co-investment alongside Allegro Fund IV into Gull New Zealand, a leading independent fuel distributor and retailer in New Zealand with a prominent challenger brand through its network of 112 fuel sites across the country, regional New South Wales.

February 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approve a $1 million co-investment alongside Riverside Australia Fund III into EventsAir, a leading provider of events management software for in-person, virtual and hybrid events

February 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $20 million investment Commitment to CPE Capital 9

June 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $15 million investment commitment to Mercury Capital Fund twenty2

September 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $1 million co-investment alongside Next Capital Fund IV into Compare Club, a leading personal finance comparison site operating across Australia, providing a comparison opportunity for customers across various types of insurance and loan products, as well as providing brokerage services.

September 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $20 million investment commitment to Riverside Australia Fund IV.

October 2022

VPEG5’s Investment Committee approves a $20 million investment commitment to Adamantem Environmental Opportunities Fund.

Details of VPEG5′s Current Private Equity Commitments:

Private Equity Fund Name Fund / Deal Size Vintage Year Investment Focus / Type VPEG5 Commitment Total No. of Investee Companies No. of Exits
CPE Capital 9 $800m* 2020 Mid Market Buyout $20.0m 3
Advent Partner Fund 3 *$400m 2021 Lower to Mid Market Expansion / Buyout $20.0m 1
Allegro Fund IV *$600m 2021 Mid Market Turnaround $20.0m 1
Anchorage Capital Partners Fund IV *$500m 2022 Mid Market Special Situations $20.0m 0
Riverside Australia Fund IV $450m 2022 Lower to Mid Market Expansion & Buyout $20.0m 0
Adamantem Environmental Opportunities Fund *$350m 2022 Lower to Mid Market Expansion & Buyout $20.0m 0
Mercury Capital Fund twenty2 $1.0bn 2022 Mid Market Expansion / Buyout $15.0m 0
Co-invest No.1 (Gull New Zealand) ~$500m 2022 Mid Market Special Situations $1.0m 1
Co-invest No.2 (EventsAir) ~$100m 2022 Lower to Mid Market Growth Expansion $1.0m 1
Co-invest No. 3 (Compare Club) $110m 2022 Lower to Mid Market Expansion $1.0m 1
TOTALS $138.0m 7**

* target fund size
** Excluding Duplicates