Baar-Zug, 21 August 2012
Partners Group identifies pockets of opportunity in private markets
Partners Group today announced the findings of its semi-annual Private Markets Navigator research report. The prediction Partners Group made three years ago – that the advanced world will be faced with long-term below-trend growth – has been confirmed. Structural imbalances in the Eurozone, increased market uncertainty and slowing economic expansion in emerging market economies reflect the global difficulties facing investors in the world’s financial markets. Particularly in this period of stagnation, the advantages of proactive ownership are pivotal.
In the individual asset classes, Partners Group focuses on the following:
- Private equity: non-cyclical small/mid-cap businesses that remain attractively priced with high profit margins and inherent pricing power, as well as companies with a high level of exposure either directly or indirectly to the long-term emerging market growth story
- Private real estate: debt, value-added and secondary opportunities are shorter in duration and less exposed to cap rate movements while additionally allowing investors to offset or mitigate cap rate risk through repositioning or active management
- Private infrastructure: opportunities off the beaten track where construction risk premiums can be captured, particularly in the renewable energy sector and in the field of social infrastructure in the advanced world as well as on a range of emerging market opportunities
- Private debt: significant risk-adjusted returns available for the investor deploying capital in robust, cash-rich small and mid-cap companies with the private debt market, particularly the senior secured loan and mezzanine markets, expected to continue exhibiting a supply/demand imbalance over the coming years.
Alfred Gantner, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, said "While we believe that the dampened growth perspectives as well as the artificially depressed interest levels will result in a low-return environment across all asset classes, we are convinced that private markets should significantly outperform public markets. Both our research and past experience clearly suggest that private markets have been able to deliver such outperformance, especially in challenging times. With active corporate governance, we directly influence the development of our portfolio companies and assets, generating value even in troubled times."
Partners Group’s Private Markets Navigator research report provides investors with the latest economic and market information that impacts the global private markets. Should you wish to receive a print copy of the full report, please contact Milevka Grceva (milevka.grceva(at)partnersgroup.com).