Abu Dhabi fund affords to purchase out traders fleeing China non-public fairness

Unlock the Editor’s Digest for freeRoula Khalaf, Editor of the FT, selects her favorite tales on this weekly e-newsletter.The Abu Dhabi Funding Authority is looking for to capitalise on western traders’ retreat from China by providing to purchase at a reduction their stakes in funds managed by Hong Kong-based PAG. The transfer from Abu Dhabi’s essential sovereign wealth fund, described by 4 individuals with data of the matter, is an indication of how some Gulf traders need to snap up bargains as US-based traders lower their China publicity.“It’s a transition from US traders who [previously] favoured China, in the direction of Center Jap traders that don’t have the identical issues they do,” an individual briefed on the plans mentioned.PAG, during which Blackstone has a minority stake, constructed a repute for providing international traders entry to offers in China, utilizing connections solid by its chair Weijian Shan, who has a seat on Alibaba’s board. One in all Asia’s largest non-public fairness teams, managing greater than $55bn, its traders embody state pension schemes in California, Texas, Florida and Iowa in addition to funding funds in Canada, Australia and throughout Europe. It has confronted difficulties elevating a brand new fund since Shan criticised Beijing in 2022. PAG filed for a $2bn preliminary public providing in 2022 in a deal that will have valued it at as much as $15bn, however the itemizing has not materialised. 4 of PAG’s 5 largest offers since 2019 have been in China, based on figures from the London Inventory Alternate Group. They embody investments in Dalian Wanda’s shopping center operator, Zhuhai Wanda, and on-line video platform IQIYI.As of June final yr, two of the funds that Adia is providing to purchase stakes in — which have been raised in 2015 and 2018 — had returned simply 53 per cent and 13 per cent of the quantities traders had paid in, based on filings from Calstrs, a US lecturers’ pension scheme. PAG’s first buyout fund, raised in 2012, had given traders 1.8 occasions the cash they paid in by the identical date.Buyout funds usually purpose at hand again traders’ money, plus returns, inside a decade.PAG, which invests throughout Asia together with in credit score and actual property in addition to non-public fairness, had raised roughly $3bn for its deliberate new fund by the start of this yr, based on 4 individuals with data of the scenario. Two of these individuals mentioned it beforehand advised traders it aimed to shut the fundraising by the top of 2023.Its authentic goal for the fund was $9bn, based on Reuters. It had raised simply $2.2bn by March final yr, based on filings to the US Securities and Alternate Fee.Beneath the deal, Adia — which has a long-standing relationship with PAG — would supply to purchase traders’ stakes in PAG funds at a reduction, in a transaction that the buyout agency would facilitate. The traders may select whether or not to promote their stakes.One PAG investor mentioned the buyout group had brokered the Adia deal to provide an opportunity for others to exit as a result of “they need [investors] who’re dedicated to ongoing funding in China, which a whole lot of US and European [groups] are usually not”.RecommendedAdia declined to remark. PAG didn’t reply to repeated requests to remark. In early March a PAG spokesman mentioned it was “positively incorrect” to say it had raised $3bn, including: “We will’t give a quantity as but as a result of the fund hasn’t closed.” Pension funds and different traders within the US are more and more cautious of investing in China. Geopolitical tensions have triggered US restrictions on investments there whereas a crackdown from Beijing has made it tougher to record Chinese language corporations abroad. A piece of the cash in two of the PAG funds is tied up within the Chinese language industrial gases firm AirPower Applied sciences, which PAG initially backed in 2017, the individuals mentioned. PAG has agreed to promote AirPower, however regulators haven’t but authorized the sale, they added.

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