Agilitas, the pan-European mid-market private equity firm, is pleased to announce that it has closed its latest fund, Agilitas 2020 Private Equity (“the fund”), on its hard-cap of €565mn. The fund closed well above its target size, following record demand from global investors despite the pandemic. The fund attracted capital commitments from a broad range of investors across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia.
Agilitas 2020 Private Equity will follow the same proven strategy as Agilitas’s previous funds. It will focus on high-quality mid-market companies across Western Europe, within a range of sub-sectors where the firm has built in-depth knowledge over the years. This includes, but is not limited to, high-acuity healthcare, environmental technologies and services, education, or essential infrastructure. The fund will continue Agilitas’s highly selective and responsible investment approach, backing ambitious managers of businesses that contribute to human and planetary flourishing, answering non-discretionary needs, and have demonstrable defensibility as a result of providing essential services; and which have multiple opportunities for transformations that will unlock strategic value.
By only backing businesses that have a positive impact on society or the environment, and helping these companies deliver multi-dimensional step-changes in performance, Agilitas seeks to align the creation of strong shareholder returns with sustainable wider non-financial goals. Agilitas believes that sustainable growth drives higher performance as demonstrated by the fact that it has achieved top quartile performance across its prior core funds.
Anne-Claire de Pompignan, Head of Investor Relations at Agilitas, commented: “We are humbled by the positive response we have received for the fund and would like to thank our investors for their strong show of support, particularly during an extensive period of significant market uncertainty. Our team is passionate about the power that private capital can have in delivering both significant financial returns and broader positive societal impact, and so we are delighted that our investors have recognised our long-term track record of delivering just that.”
Martin Calderbank, Managing Partner at Agilitas, commented: “On behalf of the Agilitas team, I would like to express our profound gratitude to all LPs who have entrusted us with their capital. The high demand we have seen is testament to the strength of Agilitas’s investment strategy, to our ability to create sustainable value and to the defensibility of our existing portfolio, which has continued to perform well throughout the pandemic. We look forward to capturing the considerable opportunities we currently see in the Western Europe Mid-Market to help management teams unlock dramatic levels of growth.”
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