Princess Private Equity Holding (PEY) recorded a particularly high level of investment activity in FY18 (to 31 December), following on from a record year of realisations in FY17. The fund focuses on profitable companies with: a consistent track record of EBITDA growth (an average of 11.5% for 2018 across the whole portfolio); meaningful growth potential, supported by strong competitive positions in growing end markets; and clear scope for manager Partners Group's industry value creation (IVC) team to add value through operational and governance improvements. PEY's NAV total return for FY18 was 6.8%, a c 10pp outperformance of global listed equity markets, and although the share price total return for the year was negative as a result of the sharp sell-off in public markets in Q418, it has rebounded by more than 10% year to date (to 1 March). PEY has a high distribution policy and currently offers a dividend yield of 6.0%.
Princess Private Equity Holding (PEY) offers investors access to the private equity and debt expertise of global manager Partners Group ($74bn AUM), as well as selected co-investments with third-party managers. It has followed a direct investment strategy since 2011, when it refocused away from third-party funds of funds, and has seen solid NAV and share price performance over most periods of five years and shorter. Partners Group’s differentiated global approach includes a highly selective process of deal sourcing (c 99% of potential investments are declined each year), and an in-house value creation team who can plan and implement initiatives to help investee companies achieve superior growth. PEY has a high dividend policy, targeting a payout of 5-8% of the opening NAV each year.