Edison Investment Research Limited
London, UK, 14 October 2020
NB Private Equity Partners (NBPE): Unique co-investment play at a wide discount
In recent years, NB Private Equity Partners (NBPE) has largely become a play on direct co-investments (currently 87% of the portfolio, largely in North America). This positioning provides access to investments alongside top general partners (GPs) with a single-layer fee structure while at the same time allowing NBPE to be selective in terms of investments, with its direct co-investment portfolio achieving three- and five-year gross IRRs to end-August 2020 of 12.0% and 13.6% pa in US dollar terms, respectively. It also allows NBPE to keep a lower level of unfunded commitments, which are currently fully covered by available liquidity (184% adjusted coverage).
NBPE's shares trade at a relatively wide discount of 25% (compared to the peer average of c 21%), which translates into an attractive dividend yield of 4.5%. NBPE was able to maintain its dividend policy in the current challenging environment.
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