Sun Life Financial to acquire majority stake in Crescent Capital

Canadian insurer Sun Life Financial has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Crescent Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based alternative credit investment manager.

Canadian insurer Sun Life Financial has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Crescent Capital Group, a Los Angeles-based alternative credit investment manager. Sun Life will acquire a 51 percent interest in Crescent for up to US$338 million (C$450 million). Crescent, which will form part of SLC Management, will continue to operate independently, with Sun Life committing to co-invest up to US$750 million in the firm’s strategies.

PRESS RELEASE

TORONTO, LOS ANGELES, and WELLESLEY, MA, Oct. 21, 2020 /CNW/ – Sun Life Financial Inc. (TSX: SLF) (NYSE: SLF) today announced it intends to acquire a majority stake in Crescent Capital Group LP (“Crescent”), a global alternative credit investment manager. Crescent has approximately US$28 billion in Assets under Management (approximately C$38 billion), as of June 30, 2020. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Boston and London, Crescent has more than 180 partners and employees.

Crescent will form part of SLC Management, Sun Life’s alternatives asset management business. The acquisition will extend SLC Management’s solutions in alternative credit, which will benefit existing and prospective clients.

This transaction provides Crescent the opportunity to bring Sun Life’s investment capital and SLC Management’s relationships together with Crescent’s alternative credit expertise and track record. This will support the expansion of existing and new, adjacent strategies for the benefit of both firms’ constituencies, and further enable Crescent to meet the growing needs of its institutional client base as they allocate more capital to alternative credit in search of yield.

Sun Life will acquire a 51% interest in Crescent for up to US$338 million (approximately C$450 million), consisting of an upfront payment of US$276 million (approximately C$370 million) and a future payment of up to US$62 million (approximately C$80 million) based on the achievement of certain milestones. As part of the transaction, Crescent’s equity holders will retain carried interests in existing funds along with certain assets and their respective economics. The transaction has a put / call option that will allow the transfer of remaining interests approximately five years from closing. Crescent will continue to operate independently under its current leadership and will retain its distinct brand, office locations and clients.

Founded in 1991, Crescent is one of the longest tenured credit managers in the industry and is a leading investor in mezzanine debt, middle market direct lending in the US and Europe, high-yield bonds and broadly syndicated loans.

Sun Life has committed to co-invest up to US$750 million (approximately C$1 billion) in Crescent’s investment strategies, supporting the launch of new products and creating alignment with Crescent’s investors.

“We’re excited that Crescent will be joining SLC Management. Crescent has an excellent track record in alternative credit investing and an exceptional reputation in the industry,” said Steve Peacher, President, SLC Management. “SLC Management and Crescent share a common vision based on delivering outstanding performance for our investors.”

“This partnership represents the next stage of growth for Crescent. In getting to know the team at Sun Life and SLC Management, we feel confident our clients will benefit from the significant seed capital they are providing, their deep understanding of the asset management business, and commitment to Crescent retaining full investment and operational independence of the firm,” said Mark Attanasio, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Crescent Capital Group LP.

“With our longstanding investment track record, we look forward to further building upon our existing alternative credit investment capabilities, as well as providing clients with new investment strategies as the demand for yield grows globally among our roster of leading institutional investors,” added Jean-Marc Chapus, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Crescent Capital Group LP.

Attanasio and Chapus added, “We have spent considerable time with Dean Connor and Steve Peacher along with their teams. Together we believe our firms’ complementary cultures will further benefit our employees, clients, investors, and stakeholders.”

“We’ve been looking to expand our alternative credit capabilities for some time now, offering our clients a broader, deeper array of investment solutions across the public and private credit markets, infrastructure, real estate equity and debt,” added Peacher.
SLC Management, Sun Life and Crescent are signatories of the Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI) and committed to sustainable investing practices.

Moelis & Company LLC and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP acted as exclusive financial advisor and legal counsel respectively to Crescent. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as Sun Life’s legal counsel and Berkshire Global Advisors LP served as their financial advisors.

The transaction is expected to close in late 2020, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Crescent currently serves as the investment adviser of Crescent Capital BDC, Inc. (“Crescent BDC,” NASDAQ: CCAP), a business development company. Upon completion of the transaction, Crescent is expected to become a majority-owned subsidiary of SLC Management and, subject to the approval of Crescent BDC’s shareholders, remain the investment adviser of Crescent BDC.

About Sun Life
Sun Life is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2020, Sun Life had total assets under management of $1,122 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

About SLC Management
SLC Management is a global institutional asset manager that offers institutional investors traditional, alternative, and yield-orientated investment solutions across public and private fixed income markets, as well as global real estate equity and debt.

SLC Management is the brand name for the institutional asset management business of Sun Life Financial Inc. (“Sun Life”) under which Sun Life Capital Management (U.S.) LLC in the United States, and Sun Life Capital Management (Canada) Inc. in Canada operate.

BentallGreenOak and InfraRed Capital Partners (InfraRed) are also part of SLC Management. BentallGreenOak and is a leading, global real estate investment management advisor and a globally-recognized provider of real estate services. InfraRed is an international investment manager focused on infrastructure, managing equity capital in multiple private and listed funds, primarily for institutional investors across the globe.

As of June 30, 2020, SLC Management has assets under management of C$262 billion (US$193 billion).

About Crescent Capital Group LP
Crescent is a global credit investment manager with approximately US$28 billion of assets under management. For nearly 30 years, the firm has focused on below investment grade credit through strategies that invest in marketable and privately-originated debt securities including senior bank loans, high yield bonds, as well as private senior, unitranche, and junior debt securities. Crescent is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in New York, Boston, and London and more than 180 employees globally. For more information about Crescent, visit www.crescentcap.com. However, the contents of such website are not and should not be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein.

About Crescent Capital BDC, Inc.
Crescent BDC is a business development company that seeks to maximize the total return of its stockholders in the form of current income and capital appreciation by providing capital solutions to middle market companies with sound business fundamentals and strong growth prospects. Crescent BDC utilizes the extensive experience, origination capabilities and disciplined investment process of Crescent. Crescent BDC is externally managed by Crescent Cap Advisors, LLC, a subsidiary of Crescent. Crescent BDC has elected to be regulated as a business development company under the Investment Company Act of 1940. For more information about Crescent BDC, visit www.crescentbdc.com. However, the contents of such website are not and should not be deemed to be incorporated by reference herein.