The Washington State Investment Board has edged above its target allocation to private equity, with investments accounting for 25.3 percent of its $56.3 billion portfolio as of the end of September, according to sister publication Buyouts magazine. Its target allocation is 25 percent.
The deep-pocketed state’s PE holdings, which date back to 1981, were valued at an estimated $13.8 billion at the end of March, according to data on the investment board’s Web site. The portfolio at that point consisted of interests in 245 funds to which the state state had committed an estimated $32.5 billion. Of that, PE firms had drawn down an estimated $27.6 billion and returned $24.5 billion.
Older funds that appeared, as of March, to have drawn down quite a bit more than they’ve distributed include Frazier Healthcare IV ($40 million committed in or around 2001, $37.8 million drawn down, $13.2 million distributed), OVP Venture Partners VI ($40 million committed in or around 2001, $40 million drawn down, and $5.6 million distributed), and Green Equity Investors IV ($100 million committed in or around 2003, $107.4 million drawn down and $36.1 million distributed).