• Introduction: The Pension Fund Propellant
  • The Appeal of Private Equity’s Purported Promise
  • The Complications of Competition
  • The Concern with IPOs: A Seller’s Market
  • Dry Powder Targets: Potential Winners
  • Conclusion & Exhibits

Introduction: The Pension Fund Propellant

With 2018 IPO activity reaching its highest level since 2014 some industry commentators have speculated that 2019 could be an even bigger year due to a stampede of Unicorns. Research from both academics and the NBER have estimated that many of these unicorns could be overvalued by as much as 50%.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Kailash has read reports by McKinsey & Company8 and Bain & Company.9 Both publications were largely intellectually congruent concluding that private equity has performed well, continues to raise large amounts of capital and has become a consensus “buy.” McKinsey also notes that US Pensions are the largest existing LPs.10

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The McKinsey report led out with a staggering chart (Fig. 1 below) showing the average funding gap of US public pensions had exploded from $1.8 trillion in 2007 to roughly $3.8 trillion since the Great Financial Crisis. Despite the near 13% annual returns of public equity markets, to which public pensions are heavily exposed, a confluence of events have caused that funding gap to persist. Aside from falling expected rates of return and revised mortality rates, the report implies that a primary cause was that while “…most pensions have sizeable exposure to equities, many recognized significant losses at the time of the downturn and did not reallocate with sufficient alacrity to take full advantage of the past decade’s bull run11.”

  1. As a reminder for our Financial Advisors: our models are available on a continuous basis, and most have been in production for over a decade.  If you are looking for simple, concentrated, low turnover, and tax efficient model portfolios we would like to talk with you.  KCR also offers a wide range of easy-to-use but sophisticated tools.  Our toolkits can help identify mispriced stocks with the best and worst risk/reward characteristics, estimate a stock’s duration and warn you when a company is engaging in low-quality accounting. Over the last 12 years, KCR has built and offers time-tested and class-leading products built by experienced and proven money managers for fixed to low prices.
  2. Kailash Capital’s sister company, L2 Asset Management, runs market neutral, long/short, large-cap, and mid-cap long-only portfolios with a value and quality bias.  L2 employs a highly disciplined investment process characterized by moderate concentration, low turnover, high tax efficiency, and low fees. While nobody can predict the future, we believe the recent resurgence in risk-adjusted returns seen across all products is the beginning of what may be a long period where speculation is punished, and prudence and patience rewarded.


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December 15, 2018 |

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December 15, 2018

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