Ad hoc announcements pursuant to Art. 53 Listing Rules (LR)
Partners Group remains confident of achieving net asset growth in 2008
Partners Group, the Switzerland-based global alternative asset manager, continues to see ongoing demand for its private market products which comprise private equity, private debt, private real estate and private infrastructure. Against the background of solid product performance and an attractive current investment environment, Partners Group remains well on track to reach its original direct assets under management (AuM) growth target of CHF 5-6 billion for the full year 2008 (H1 2008: CHF 3.8 billion direct AuM growth), representing asset growth of over 30% in the private markets business.
Baar-Zug, 7 November 2008
Regarding overall AuM development, the on-target direct growth is however impacted by the very significant strengthening of the CHF, the firm's reporting currency, against the EUR as well as the already announced repositioning of Partners Group's public alternative investment business (CHF 1.5 billion as of 30 June 2008, 6% of total AuM) towards absolute return strategies. In total, the asset base is expected to grow from the beginning of the year to reach CHF 25-26 billion at year-end. Partners Group expects AuM to reach CHF 30 billion by the end of 2009 and the target for 2012 remains unchanged at CHF 50 billion.
Partners Group can reconfirm that around 80% of its current assets under management are secured for the long term and cannot be redeemed over the coming years. Over 90% of Partners Group's revenues stem from management fee income. Management fee income in limited partnerships is derived from committed capital and therefore not affected by movements in net asset values, thus the firm's substantial profitability is not at risk. Furthermore, the company benefits strongly from its debt-free balance sheet and independence.
Within its main segment of private market activities, accounting for over 90% of AuM, Partners Group is very active in capturing opportunities arising out of the current environment in both the short and the mid term while confident that these investments will be amongst the best ever made in the firm's history. In particular, highly attractive investment opportunities continue to be available for mezzanine and secondary transactions.
Overall, the firm is highly confident regarding the continuation of its growth strategy in the years to come despite current market conditions. Partners Group's Executive Chairman, Alfred Gantner, highlights: "The structural trend towards higher allocations to private markets will be reinforced in periods such as this. We expect to weather the storm well, with the market turbulence offering attractive investment opportunities from which Partners Group clients should substantially benefit over the coming years."
About Partners Group
Partners Group is a global alternative asset management firm with over CHF 25 billion in investment programs under management in private equity, private debt, private real estate, private infrastructure, absolute return strategies and listed alternatives. The firm manages a broad range of funds, structured products and customized portfolios for an international clientele of institutional investors, private banks and other financial institutions. Partners Group is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland and has offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Guernsey, Luxembourg, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo and Sydney. The firm employs over 300 people, is listed on the SWX Swiss Exchange (symbol: PGHN) with a market capitalization of around CHF 2.5 billion and majority owned by its 38 Partners & Principals and all employees.