It’s just about that time for Arlington Capital Partners. The firm is preparing to raise its third buyout fund, according to a source. Arlington hasn’t issued memorandums yet, but the unofficial target is in the ballpark of $700 million to $750 million.
Arlington used UBS as its placement agent for prior funds, raising $452 million for its debut and $585 million for the follow-up. This time Arlington will use Credit Suisse, since its main man at UBS, Mark Bourgeois, departed for Lehman Brothers in March. Obviously the future of Lehman’s placement agent business is in flux, so Arsenal turned to CSFB.
That sophomore fund, a 2005 vintage, is posting a net 1.8% IRR, which doesn’t say much considering Arlington hasn’t had tried exiting any of its investments this early into the cycle. The Washington, D.C.-based firm focuses on D.C-centric industries like defense, federal IT, education, health care, and media. (They should have called themselves Arlington CapiTOL Partners. Ha.) This year Arlington has made two acquisitions, one exit and one add-on.