The Real Exit: Selling Strategies Subsequent to Private Equity Backed IPOs

The Real Exit: Selling Strategies Subsequent to Private Equity Backed IPOs

Nikolai Visnjic Goethe University Frankfurt

March 4, 2013

Abstract: 
This study examines the exit strategy of private equity investors after they take their portfolio companies public. Recent empirical studies considering private equity exit channel and timing generally fail to expose the investor’s strategy after the IPO. For this purpose I use a comprehensive set of PE backed IPOs from 1996 to 2005 in the United States and subsequently track governance characteristics until investors exit their controlling stakes. I find strong evidence that PE investors strategically choose whether to sell their position en bloc in a trade sale or gradually to dispersed shareholders on the secondary market. Severe governance differences between the two groups of exit strategies at IPO and evolving from IPO to exit suggest that PE investors anticipate and actively plan an eventual trade sale well in advance.

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Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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