Oaktree targets $1.75 bln for special situations

  • LPs to pay 1.6 pct management fee
  • Previous special-situations fund netting 29.4 pct IRR
  • Oaktree rebranded special-situations platform last year

Oaktree Capital Group is targeting $1.75 billion for its newest special-situations fund, pension documents show.

Oaktree Special Situations Fund II will make control investments in mid-market companies by buying distressed debt or making direct investments by using structured equity or traditional equity. The firm “generally intends to make friendly investments in cooperation with a target company’s existing management,” the documents say.

Oaktree’s managed special-situations funds for more than two decades. Those funds, known as Global Principal funds, were rebranded as Oaktree Special Situations in November 2016.

In a third-quarter earnings call, CEO Jay Wintrob said the firm was “enthusiastic” about the prospects of its second special-situations fund. The firm’s special-situations platform is led by Jordon Kruse and Matt Wilson. The duo also manages Oaktree Special Situations Fund I, which closed on $1.4 billion in late 2015.

That vehicle was netting a 29.4 percent internal rate of return, according to Oaktree’s Q3 report. Oaktree’s 2009 special-situations fund was netting a 3.4 percent IRR as of that date.

The general partner’s commitment to Fund II will equal at least 2.5 percent of the fund’s total capital, according to the documents. LPs will pay a 1.6 percent management fee.

Oaktree was founded in 1995. The firm had a little less than $100 billion under management as of the end of the third quarter, its most recent earnings release showed.

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