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Tesla, SpaceX Backer To Seek $350M For Fund III

Valor Equity Partners, a firm whose portfolio includes an electric car maker and a company that builds spacecraft and rockets, is getting ready to raise its third fund, Buyouts reported recently, citing a source close to the process.

The firm will seek $350 million for the fund, Valor Equity Partners III LP, the source said. The firm has not yet officially launched the process but will soon, the source said.

Valor Equity raised $300 million for its previous fund in 2007. Past investors have included the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, Invesco Private Capital and the Houston Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, according to the Dow Jones Directory of Alternative Investment Programs.

Valor Equity targets buyouts and minority investments in a variety of industries, including industrial products and manufacturing; infrastructure and industrial maintenance; and consumer and restaurants, among others. It typically invests $10 million to $30 million of equity into companies posting EBITDA of $5 million to $15 million.

The firm’s portfolio includes Tesla Motors, maker of the high-performance electric cars; Family Health Services, a provider of skilled nursing and other home care services; Sizzling Platter, a restaurant operating company; and SpaceX, a developer of vehicles for space transportation. Dragon, a spacecraft that SpaceX designed, recently traveled and attached itself to the International Space Station, according to recent press release from the company.

CEO Antonio Gracias, who previously had founded another private equity firm called MG Capital, founded Valor Equity in 2001. The firm has about 11 investment professionals.

Bernard Vaughan is a senior editor at Buyouts Magazine. Follow his tweets @BVaughanReuters. Follow Buyouts tweets @Buyouts.

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