Private equity

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Private equity (PE) typically refers to investment funds, generally organized as limited partnerships, that buy and restructure companies that are not publicly traded.wikipedia
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Private equity firm

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A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor.
A private equity firm is an investment management company that provides financial backing and makes investments in the private equity of startup or operating companies through a variety of loosely affiliated investment strategies including leveraged buyout, venture capital, and growth capital.

Growth capital

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Common investment strategies in private equity include leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital. A Private investment in public equity, or PIPEs, refer to a form of growth capital investment made into a publicly traded company.
Growth capital (also called expansion capital and growth equity) is a type of private equity investment, usually a minority investment, in relatively mature companies that are looking for capital to expand or restructure operations, enter new markets or finance a significant acquisition without a change of control of the business.

Leveraged buyout

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Common investment strategies in private equity include leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital.
In addition to the amount of debt that can be used to fund leveraged buyouts, it is also important to understand the types of companies that private equity firms look for when considering leveraged buyouts.

Financial sponsor

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Leveraged buyouts involve a financial sponsor agreeing to an acquisition without itself committing all the capital required for the acquisition.
A financial sponsor is a private equity investment firm, particularly a private equity firm that engages in leveraged buyout transactions.

Platform company

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Private equity firms view target companies as either Platform companies which have sufficient scale and a successful business model to act as a stand-alone entity, or as add-on / tuck-in / bolt-on acquisitions, which would include companies with insufficient scale or other deficits.
A platform company is a company that a Private equity group (PEG) views—when investing through acquisition in a new industry or market space—as a starting point for follow-on acquisitions in the same area.

Distressed securities

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Common investment strategies in private equity include leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital.
Other buyers include brokerage firms, mutual funds, private equity firms and specialized debt funds such as collateralized loan obligations.

Private equity fund

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These transactions can involve the sale of private equity fund interests or portfolios of direct investments in privately held companies through the purchase of these investments from existing institutional investors.
A private equity fund is a collective investment scheme used for making investments in various equity (and to a lesser extent debt) securities according to one of the investment strategies associated with private equity.

Limited partnership

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Private equity (PE) typically refers to investment funds, generally organized as limited partnerships, that buy and restructure companies that are not publicly traded.
Private equity companies almost exclusively use a combination of general and limited partners for their investment funds.

Royalty fund

A royalty fund (also known as royalty funding) is a category of private equity fund that specializes in purchasing consistent revenue streams deriving from the payment of royalties.

Bolt-on acquisition

Private equity firms view target companies as either Platform companies which have sufficient scale and a successful business model to act as a stand-alone entity, or as add-on / tuck-in / bolt-on acquisitions, which would include companies with insufficient scale or other deficits.
Private equity firms support such smaller and strategic acquisitions in order to increase the value of the acquiring company prior to sale.

Jerome Kohlberg Jr.

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The leveraged buyout boom of the 1980s was conceived by a number of corporate financiers, most notably Jerome Kohlberg Jr. and later his protégé Henry Kravis.
He was an early pioneer in the private equity and leveraged buyout industries founding private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and later Kohlberg & Company.

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

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By 1976, tensions had built up between Bear Stearns and Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts leading to their departure and the formation of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in that year.
KKR & Co. Inc. (formerly known as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and KKR & Co. L.P.) is an American global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and, through its strategic partners, hedge funds.

Debt

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Venture capital is most suitable for businesses with large up-front capital requirements which cannot be financed by cheaper alternatives such as debt.
Lenders that provide revenue-based financing work more closely with businesses than bank lenders, but take a more hands-off approach than private equity investors.

J curve

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Secondaries also typically experience a different cash flow profile, diminishing the j-curve effect of investing in new private equity funds.
In private equity, the J curve is used to illustrate the historical tendency of private equity funds to deliver negative returns in early years and investment gains in the outlying years as the portfolios of companies mature.

Private investment in public equity

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A Private investment in public equity, or PIPEs, refer to a form of growth capital investment made into a publicly traded company.
For private equity investors, PIPEs tend to become increasingly attractive in markets where control investments are harder to execute.

Syndicated loan

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Most new acquisition-related loans are kicked off at a bank meeting at which potential lenders hear management and the sponsor group (if there is one) describe what the terms of the loan are and what transaction it backs.

Hedge fund

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In addition to these private equity strategies, hedge funds employ a variety of distressed investment strategies including the active trading of loans and bonds issued by distressed companies.
Liquidity refers to the degree to which an asset can be bought and sold or converted to cash; similar to private equity funds, hedge funds employ a lock-up period during which an investor cannot remove money.

Restructuring

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This approach became impractical in the 1990s with private equity increasing demand for highly leveraged capital structures that created the market in high-yield and mezzanine debt.

Institutional investor

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These transactions can involve the sale of private equity fund interests or portfolios of direct investments in privately held companies through the purchase of these investments from existing institutional investors.
Others like pension funds can predict long ahead when they will have to repay their investors allowing them to invest in less liquid assets such as private equities, hedge funds or commodities.

Internal rate of return

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ARDC is credited with the first major venture capital success story when its 1957 investment of $70,000 in Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) would be valued at over $355 million after the company's initial public offering in 1968 (representing a return of over 5,000 times on its investment and an annualized rate of return of 101%).
IRR is also used for private equity, from the limited partners' perspective, as a measure of the general partner's performance as investment manager.

Angel investor

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A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor.

Equity (finance)

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Private equity is, strictly speaking, a type of equity and one of the asset classes consisting of equity securities and debt in operating companies that are not publicly traded on a stock exchange.

William E. Simon

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In January 1982, former United States Secretary of the Treasury William E. Simon and a group of investors acquired Gibson Greetings, a producer of greeting cards, for $80 million, of which only $1 million was rumored to have been contributed by the investors.
In 1990, he partnered with several investors to form Catterton-Simon Partners, a private equity firm focused on beverages and other consumer products, which today is known as Catterton Partners.

Venture capital

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A private equity investment will generally be made by a private equity firm, a venture capital firm or an angel investor. Common investment strategies in private equity include leveraged buyouts, venture capital, growth capital, distressed investments and mezzanine capital.

Startup company

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This is distinct from a venture-capital or growth-capital investment, in which the investors (typically venture-capital firms or angel investors) invest in young, growing or emerging companies, and rarely obtain majority control.
Venture capital firms and private equity firms will be participating.