Carlyle found the exit door in 2020, Arcline closes big sophomore fund, Aquiline invests in National Medical Billing Services

Arcline closed its sophomore fund at $2.75 billion and Carlyle invested $11.1 billion for full-year 2020.


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Billions: Carlyle Group found the exit door in private equity last year, according to its fourth quarter and full-year earnings report published today.

The firm invested $6.2 billion in the fourth quarter, and $11.1 billion for full-year 2020, according to its earnings report released today. It raised $1.2 billion in the fourth quarter across its global private equity platform, and $3.5 billion for the full year, the report said.

Carlyle achieved realizations of $3.7 billion in the fourth quarter, and $12 billion over the full year. The firm’s private equity funds that qualified for carried interest appreciated 11 percent in the fourth quarter, and 19 percent for the full year.

Big ‘un: Arcline Investment Management closed its sophomore effort on $2.75 billion, continuing its ability to raise big funds despite its status as a new manager. Arcline closed its first fund on $1.5 billion.

Arcline completed eight platform companies since inception, and 29 add-ons, all in its target segments of recurring revenue businesses in sectors like defense, aerospace, critical infrastructure services, industrial & medical technology, life sciences and specialty materials. Read more here.

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