TA Associates puts DNCA up for sale ahead of fundraising

It’s unclear if TA has hired a banker for the sale.

Boston-based TA invested in DNCA, the French asset manager, in July 2011. TA owns 50 percent of DNCA, while company management owns more than 40 percent. Banco Leonardo holds 10 percent, according to a statement from 2011.

Efinancial Newswhich first reported the DNCA sale, said the asset manager could fetch 500 million euros. It’s unclear if all of DNCA is up for sale or just TA’s stake.

The Paris-based firm has grown its funds under management from 5.8 billion euros in 2011 to 15 billion euros today.

DNCA is “profitable and cash generative, with a track record of increasing revenue since its foundation,” Fitch Ratings said in an April report. DNCA’s clients include independent financial advisors, private banks, multi-managers and institutional investors, Fitch said.

TA focuses on sectors including financial services as well as consumer, healthcare and online/software. The growth-oriented PE firm typically invests from $50 million to $500 million equity per deal, according to its website.

The firm has been active recently. It is selling its stake in Dealer Tire, a distributor of replacement tires and parts for automotive OEMs, to Lindsay Goldberg. Earlier this month it bought a “significant” stake in Insurity, an insurance processing company, and in September it made an investment in Idera, a provider of application and server management software.

TA is expected to begin fundraising soon for its 12th private equity fund. In 2009, TA closed its 11th PE fund at $4 billion. TA XI LP is generating a 17.07 percent IRR since inception as of March 31, according to the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.

News of DNCA’s sale comes just a week after Kelso & Company announced it was buying American Beacon AdvisorsEstancia Capital Management is also investing in the deal, a statement said. Pharos Capital Group LLC and TPG Capital LP were the sellers. American Beacon, which manages mutual funds, sold for $600 million to $700 million, a source said.

Kelso will have a majority of American Beacon, while Estancia will have a minority, an American Beacon spokesman said.

RBC Capital Markets and Barclays are providing debt financing for the American Beacon deal. Sandler O’Neill + Partners advised Kelso and Estancia while J.P. Morgan Securities provided financial advice to American Beacon.

Executives for TA declined comment. DNCA couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.