LP Scorecard: Union Square, Varde, Wingate, return boatloads of capital to UTIMCO

  • Union Square, Varde, Wingate return capital to UTIMCO
  • In 9 months through February, pension received $208.9 mln
  • Wingate distribution helped by Dunn Paper deal

During a recent nine-month period, funds managed by Union Square Ventures, Varde Partners and Wingate Partners returned substantial sums to backer University of Texas Investment Management Co.

Since inception, UTIMCO contributed a total of $371.9 million to these funds and received a combined $208.9 million in distributions from May 2016 to February 2017.

Union Square Ventures, which specializes in early-stage tech-sector investments, was one of the biggest distributors of capital, with its 2008 vintage fund. The fund returned $37.8 million to UTIMCO over the period. UTIMCO has invested $23.8 million in the fund to date.

All told, since inception, the fund has returned $38.7 million for an investment multiple of 3.7x (including unrealized holdings) and a net IRR of 24.25 percent.

Also returning ample money during the period were funds managed by Varde Partners. The firm’s 10th fund brought in the second most in distributions ($55.9 million) from the UTIMCO portfolio, while its ninth fund returned the third most ($55 million).

Since inception, these funds have brought in a combined $503.6 million in distributions. Varde Fund X has generated an investment multiple of 1.8x and a net IRR of 12.06 percent, while Varde Fund IX has generated 2.1x multiple and 14.89 percent net IRR.

The fourth fund of Wingate Partners, a firm investing in middle-market companies in the industrial and distribution sectors, returned the most in distributions of any fund in UTIMCO’s portfolio. This fund returned $60.2 million to UTIMCO since May 2016 off of $48.2 million in contributions since inception. This influx in distributions stems partly from the Sept. 1 sale of Dunn Paper to fellow buyout shop Arbor Investments.

Since inception the fund has returned $89.9 million in distributions for an investment multiple of 2.5x and a net IRR of 15.2 percent.

All told, in the nine months leading through Feb. 28, UTIMCO realized $997.9 million in distributions on an initial investment of $3.1 billion in 399 funds. In the period the university committed to 20 new funds.


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