Madison Dearborn hits hard cap, raises $4.4 bln

  • Chicago firm surpasses $3.75 bln target
  • GP chips in $430 mln to final close
  • Fund VII invests in Patterson Medical, Ankura Consulting

Madison Dearborn hit its latest flagship fund’s $4.43 billion hard cap, an industry source told Buyouts.

LPs like Teachers’ Retirement System of the State of Illinois and University of Michigan contributed to the $4 billion the firm sought, an Aug. 5 letter to limited partners obtained by Buyouts says.

Madison Dearborn professionals and the firm’s executive fund chipped in another $430 million to Fund VII’s final tally.

Madison Dearborn launched the fund with a $3.75 billion target in 2014, Buyouts reported. The Chicago firm held an interim close on $3 billion in November.

The new fund is slightly larger than the firm’s previous vehicle, which closed on $4.1 billion in 2010. Fund VI was netting a 23.2 percent internal rate of return and 1.7x multiple as of Dec. 31, Washington State Investment Board documents show.

Fund V, the firm’s $6.5 billion 2006 vintage fund, netted a 7 percent IRR and 1.5x multiple as of that date.

The firm attributes some of Fund V’s performance to larger deals made prior to the recession, but “we’ve owned up for the mistakes,” Chairman John Canning said at the Buyouts Midwest conference in 2014. The firm now typically invests $100 million to $400 million per deal.

Madison Dearborn has completed two platform deals through Fund VII so far, according to the letter. The firm invested $400 million in Patterson Medical, which makes rehabilitation and sports-medicine products, and $100 million in advisory firm Ankura Consulting Group.

Madison Dearborn was founded by Canning, Nicholas Alexos, Paul FinneganSamuel MencoffJames Perry, Robin Selati and Tim Sullivan in 1992. The co-founders previously worked together at First Chicago.

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