Preqin’s extensive fund managers profile database reveals there are 48 fund managers located in Australasia that follow a buyout strategy. 41 of these buyout firms are based in Australia with the rest located in New Zealand. These firms have raised collectively USD 21.2 billion over the last 10 years and currently have USD 8.7 billion available to them in dry powder.
The five leading buyout firms based in Australasia by capital raised in the past decade are Pacific Equity Partners, CHAMP Private Equity, Archer Capital, Quadrant Capital and Ironbridge Capital.
Pacific Equity Partners is an Australasian private equity firm focusing on buyouts and late stage expansion capital in the region. The firm was established in 1998 and is located in Sydney. It invests in a broad range of industries including energy and food companies in Australia and New Zealand. Pacific Equity Partners does not invest in start-ups, unprofitable, gambling or tobacco-related businesses.
CHAMP Private Equity is a buyout fund manager in the Australasia region with a history dating back to 1987. CHAMP provides capital for Australasian companies undergoing ownership change and invests in a diversified range of industries. The most recent fund CHAMP Private Equity raised, CHAMP Buyout III, closed in November 2010 and just hit its initial target of AUD 1.5 billion.
Archer Capital is an Australian private equity manager specialising in management buyouts and leveraged buyouts. The firm was set up in 1996 to invest in small and mid-market leveraged buyouts in Australia and New Zealand. Archer Capital focuses on a broad range of industries including beverages, manufacturing and software.