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Lexington buys Carlyle, PAI stakes from Mizuho

Lexington purchased stakes in Carlyle Asia Partners III and PAI Europe V from Mizuho Financial Group.

Lexington Partners has acquired stakes in Carlyle Asia Partners III (CAP III) and PAI Europe V, UK regulatory filings disclosed. The fund stakes are part of a portfolio purchased from Tokyo-based Mizuho Financial Group.

CAP III launched in 2007 and raised $2.55 billion, short of its $5 billion target, according to PEI’s Research and Analytics division. Limited partners include the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and China Development Industrial Bank.

The fund invests in buyout opportunities throughout Asia, excluding Japan. Portfolio companies include Chinese budget hotel chain 7 Days Group Holdings and Chinese advertising network Focus Media Holding.

CAP III was generating a net internal rate of return of 10 percent and an investment multiple of 1.3x, as of 30 June 2014 according to CalPERS’ website.

Carlyle declined to comment.

PAI Europe V is a 2008-vintage fund that raised €2.7 billion, according to the firm’s website. The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Belgian investment firm Brederode are LPs in the fund.

WealthCap, the German asset manager of UniCredit, was also an LP in the fund but sold its stake to Luxembourg-based Stratus Investments in December. The State Board of Administration of Florida also sold its position to Partners Group last year, and French asset manager La Financière Patrimoniale d’Investissement sold its commitment to the Graphite Trust.

Fund V is partially realised and has 11 remaining investments including cargo handling company Swissport and French equipment rental company Kiloutou, PAI’s website disclosed.

The fund has partially exited its share in IT services company Atos and in the middle of last year it fully exited duty free retailer Nuance for CHF 1.55 billion (€2.8 billion; $1.63 billion). Together, the two exits generated an average return of more than 2.5x.

PAI declined to comment.

The Mizuho private equity portfolio is valued at roughly $1 billion, media reports disclosed in November. It is unclear how much Lexington paid for the portfolio, but the transaction also reportedly included up to $250 million in new buyout fund commitments.

Lexington purchased the portfolio using its latest fund, Lexington Capital Partners VIII. The fund had collected $6 billion toward its $8 billion target, as of November.

The firm declined to comment.