The Florida State Board of Administration has agreed to acquire a minority ownership stake in Lexington Partners, peHUB has learned. It is believed to be the first time that a state pension fund outside of California has bought into a private equity firm’s management company.
“Florida has had a multi-pronged relationship with Lexington for a long time, so from that perspective it’s not to surprising,” explained a source familiar with the deal. “But when you consider how poorly most other deals like this have performed, it’s got to make you wonder why Florida would want to double-down on a single firm.”
Neither Lexington nor Florida is commenting on the deal, but our understanding is that the deal is for a 9.9% ownership position at an enterprise value of around $1.8 billion (consider that last figure to be ballpark — a very spacious ballpark).