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KKR buys 55% stake in Colonial First State, Thoma Bravo sells Idaptive for $70m, LA pension pulls $100m commitment from Alcentra over departures

Unlike a few weeks ago, deals are starting to flow again: KKR invests in an Australia's Colonial First State and Thoma Bravo exits Idaptive.

Hey, hey, hey, how are ya?

We have a steady stream of deal activity flowing across the Wires over the past few days. Not the deluge we had grown used to earlier in the year, but much better than the eerie silence of a few weeks ago.

KKR, which has been busy lately, bought a 55 percent stake in Colonial First State, a wealth management subsidiary of Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a deal valued at about A$1.7 billion ($1.1 billion). The deal implies a total valuation of Colonial of about $3.3 billion, with KKR paying a 15.5x multiple of pro forma net profit after tax. KKR expects to make the investment from its Asian private equity fund.

The deal is part of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s move to shed non-core assets amid a public report of misconduct across the bank’s wealth management business, according to the Financial Times. GPs have told PE Hub they expect large public companies to offload non-core assets to deleverage balance sheets. With huge amounts of uncalled capital, PE will be well positioned to snap up such assets.

What are you seeing out there? Have you seen deal activity start to ramp up? What kinds of deals are you seeing? Hit me up at
Private: UBS is creating a centralized group managing origination and distribution of private markets activity called Private Markets OneBank Partnership, writes Sarah Pringle on PE Hub this morning. Sarah saw an internal memo about the formation of the group.

The intention is to build off the momentum of the Private Financing Markets group UBS formed in July 2019 and led by Paul Crisci. That group was formed for the bank’s wealth management clients to access private capital markets, which wealthy folks generally want more of, Sarah writes. Read it here on PE Hub.

Top Scoops
Pulled! This is unusual: Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System’s investment committee recommended pulling a $100 million commitment to BNY Mellon’s credit investing group Alcentra over senior executive departures.

The $100 million pledge is part of the pension’s plan to build a private debt platform. Alcentra was tapped to run a non-US credit focus, while the system plans to commit $100 million to Benefit Street Partners for a US-focused mandate.

The committee recommended pulling the commitment from Alcentra and redeploying it to Crescent Capital.

Check out my story here on Buyouts.

Access management business CyberArk acquired Idaptive Holdings from Thoma Bravo for $70 million to build an identity platform. Thoma formed Idaptive after buying Centrify in 2018 and spinning out its identity-as-a-service business. Read our news brief here.

That’s it! Have a great rest of your day. Hit me up as always with tips n’ gossip, feedback or just to chat at, on Twitter or find me on LinkedIn.

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