CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pricoa Capital Group provided US$5.3 billion of senior debt and junior capital to middle-market companies and projects globally in the first half of 2018. Pricoa Capital Group is a leading source of private capital for public and private companies and is the private capital arm of PGIM, the US$1 trillion global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc. (PFI) (NYSE: PRU).
“Our global footprint and our origination platform have enabled us to meet borrower demand across corporate finance, energy, infrastructure, commercial asset finance and credit tenant lease sectors,” said Allen Weaver, senior managing director and head of Pricoa Capital Group. “More than half of transactions this year have been with existing borrowers, demonstrating the strength of 75 years of financing and our relationship-first approach.”
First Half 2018 Highlights:
- US$4.5 billion of investment grade investments; US$420 million of below-investment- grade investments; US$343 million of mezzanine and private equity investments
- 38 new clients across a range of industries added to the portfolio and 56 existing clients returned for further funding
- US$1.8 billion in North American Corporate Finance investments
- US$2.3 billion invested in the U.K., Europe, Latin America and Australasia
- Approximately US$853 million invested in the energy sector
- Approximately US$639 million invested in key sectors such as global infrastructure, credit tenant lease and commercial asset financing
Pricoa Capital Group saw strong activity in Europe, Latin America and Australia, including a US$75 million port financing provided to Trabajos Maritimos S.A., which is one of the first traditional corporate private placements in Peru. Latin America has been a growing focus for Pricoa, which created a dedicated Latin American team in 2015. Since then, Pricoa has invested nearly US$2.5 billion in Latin America, with six transactions so far in 2018.
“Latin America has a strong base of both public and private companies,” said Marie Fioramonti, managing director and head of Pricoa Capital Group’s international arm. “These building businesses need long-term capital to fuel growth. Despite the political noise in the region, we are continuing to meet that need. When other capital providers are pulling back, Pricoa Capital Group remains active. It’s how we’ve built our market share around the world — we are a consistent long-term financial partner, through ups and downs, supporting long-term growth.”
Pricoa also provided US$1.5 billion in the U.K. and Europe including US$250 million to French company Sodexo, strengthening a long-time relationship that includes three previous market transactions. Sodexo chose to issue directly with Pricoa after a decade-long relationship and proven track record.
Mezzanine activity more than doubled year-over-year for the same six-month period, following a record year of mezzanine originations with US$525 million invested in 2017. Pricoa Capital provided US$343 million in mezzanine and private equity investments through Pricoa Capital Partners, the middle-market mezzanine and equity fund business sponsored by Pricoa Capital Group, and through their Energy Junior Capital Program, focused on mezzanine investing in the energy sector. In January 2017, Pricoa Capital Partners launched its fifth mezzanine fund focused on North America and Europe with more than US$1.8 billion of committed capital. Since the launch, 40 percent of the fund has been committed.
“Our global office network is tapping into the optimism of closely held, middle-market businesses. We are seeing record non-sponsored demand for our flexible mezzanine solutions,” said Jeffrey Dickson, managing partner of Pricoa Capital Partners.
In total, Pricoa added 38 new relationships to the portfolio and expanded relationships through new transactions with 56 repeat clients.
Said Weaver, “In an industry where capital can seem like a commodity and relationships are often fleeting and transactional, we pride ourselves on building close and enduring local partnerships based on a steady and patient commitment to our clients’ long-term capital needs.”
About Pricoa Capital Group
Pricoa Capital Group has been a leading provider of private placements, mezzanine debt and equity to companies for more than 75 years. Managing a portfolio of nearly US$82 billion as of 31 March 2018, Pricoa offers senior debt, junior capital, leveraged leases, project financing, credit tenant leases as well as asset financing to companies worldwide. The global regional office network has locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Minneapolis, Newark, N.J., New York, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney*. For more information, please visit pricoacapital.com.
*Operates through PGIM (Australia) Pty Ltd.
About PGIM and Prudential Financial, Inc.
With 15 consecutive years of positive third-party institutional net flows, PGIM, the global asset management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), ranks among the top 10 largest asset managers in the world with more than US$1 trillion in assets under management as of 31 March 2018. PGIM’s businesses offer a range of investment solutions for retail and institutional investors around the world across a broad range of asset classes, including fundamental equity, quantitative equity, public fixed income, private fixed income, real estate and commercial mortgages. Its businesses have offices in 16 countries across five continents.
Prudential Financial’s other businesses also offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities and retirement-related services. For more information about PGIM, please visit pgim.com. For more information about Prudential, please visit news.prudential.com.
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