CEO COMMENT – FIRST QUARTER 2021
It was a busy first quarter - EQT teamed up with Exeter, creating a leader in thematic
value-add real estate investments, fundraising for EQT IX was materially concluded,
EQT Infrastructure V had its first close and we set the target size for the EQT Growth fund.
In addition, preparations continued for EQT’s potential new strategies and initiatives.
CEO and Managing Partner
HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE FIRST QUARTER 2021
- EQT signed an agreement to acquire Exeter Property Group and the combination was completed, as announced after the reporting period (1 April 2021)
- AUM increased to EUR 58.7bn as of 31 March 2021 (EUR 67.7bn combined with Exeter)
- EQT held its first closing for the EQT Infrastructure V fund and expects to conclude active fundraising efforts during H1 2021 and the fund to reach its hard cap of EUR 15bn during 2021
- The target size for the EQT Growth fund was set at EUR 2bn, no hard cap has been set to date
- Total investments by the EQT funds in the quarter amounted to EUR 2.8bn
- Investments announced during the quarter include Cerba HealthCare in France (EQT IX), IVC Evidensia in the UK (EQT IX), Epidemic Sound in Sweden (EQT Growth), CYE in Israel (EQT Mid Market Europe) and the launch of a joint venture to deliver grade-A senior care home facilities in Northern Italy (EQT Real Estate II)
- Investment level in key funds as of 31 March 2021, excluding events after the reporting period:
- EQT IX: 40-45% based on EUR 15bn
- EQT Infrastructure V: 20-25% based on EUR 15bn
- Total gross fund exits in the quarter amounted to EUR 3.9bn
- Exits include IVC Evidensia (EQT VII), Desotec (EQT VII), Innovyze (EQT Mid Market US) and Dorner (EQT Mid Market US)
- EQT VII Gross MOIC increased from 2.3x to 2.5x during the quarter, following strong value creation and a series of announced exits. The expected value creation (Gross MOIC) for EQT VII is now characterized as “Above plan”
- EQT Infrastructure III continued to develop “Above plan”, and all other key funds in Private Capital and Real Assets remain “On plan”, as of 31 March 2021
- EQT announced its membership with FCLTGlobal
- EQT announced the promotions of 12 exceptional individuals to partners and the number of partners who are women now comprises around 10% of the total partner group
- The number of full-time equivalent employees and onsite consultants (FTE+) increased during the period and amounted to 752 on 31 March 2021, of which 692 were FTEs
- Preparations for potential long-hold investment strategies continued during the quarter and EQT has decided that it will seek to receive management fees on net invested capital during the full term of any future funds within these strategies
- EQT AB has granted additional waivers from lock up agreements on EQT AB shares for a limited number of individuals. The additional waived shares represent less than 0.1% of EQT’s share capital
- No active partner will receive any net proceeds from any sale of waived shares and any sale process related to waived shares will be coordinated by EQT AB
- In order to further increase its financial flexibility, EQT AB may during 2021 evaluate other long-term financing options alongside the revolving credit facility (RCF) signed in December 2020
- Exeter’s 2020 revenue was EUR 112m and EBITDA was EUR 65m. At 31 March 2021 Exeter had EUR 9.0bn in AUM and 233 FTE+
HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS (COMPARED TO LTM ENDING MARCH 2020)
- Total fund investments of EUR 13.8bn (EUR 10.5bn)
- Total gross fund exits of EUR 7.1bn (EUR 6.7bn)
- Fee-generating AUM of EUR 58.7bn as of 31 March 2021 (EUR 35.9bn) primarily driven by the activation of EQT IX and EQT Infrastructure V
- Number of FTE+ amounted to 752 (688) at the end of the period, of which FTEs amounted to 692 (637)
EVENTS AFTER THE REPORTING PERIOD
- On 1 April 2021, EQT AB Group announced the completion of the combination with Exeter Property Group
- Investment and exit activity after the reporting period includes the partial sale of EQT VII’s remaining stake in AutoStore
- Investment level in key funds as of 22 April 2021, were 40-45% in EQT IX and 20-25% in EQT Infrastructure V based on AUM and hard cap, respectively
- EQT IX held final close at its hard cap with EUR 15.6bn of fee-generating AUM
Presentation of EQT AB’s Q1 2021 announcement
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