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Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. Announces Sale of 10% Common Equity Interest for $1.05 Billion to Strategic Investors

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Pershing Square Capital Management announced the sale of a 10% common equity interest in Pershing Square Holdco for $1.05 billion to a group of strategic investors, including Arch Capital Group (NASDAQ: ACGL). This strategic investment aims to accelerate Pershing Square's growth in assets under management.

Additionally, Pershing Square has established an independent Board of Directors and reorganized its ownership structure. This reorganization includes the creation of a liability company controlled by senior management. The transaction will not affect Pershing Square’s investment management services.

Bill Ackman, Pershing Square's founder and CEO, expressed enthusiasm about the new investors and the growth opportunities they bring. Key appointments following the transaction include Ben Hakim as President and Nick Botta as Vice Chairman.

Positive
  • Sale of a 10% common equity interest for $1.05 billion enhances liquidity.
  • New strategic investors, including Arch Capital Group, can provide valuable resources and networks.
  • Establishment of an independent Board of Directors may improve governance.
  • Reorganization of the ownership structure aims to secure long-term control by senior management.
  • Appointment of experienced professionals like Ben Hakim and Nick Botta to key roles may strengthen leadership.
Negative
  • The sale of equity could be seen as dilution of existing ownership.
  • Reorganization resulting in a deemed assignment under the Investment Advisers Act could raise regulatory concerns.
  • The complex ownership structure post-reorganization could create ambiguity regarding control and management.

Pershing Square Capital Management's sale of a 10% common equity interest for 1.05 billion is significant for multiple reasons. Firstly, the involvement of strategic investors like Arch Capital Group indicates strong confidence in Pershing Square's existing and future potential. This influx of capital will likely be used to expand assets under management and explore new strategies, as indicated by CEO Bill Ackman. For retail investors, seeing established entities commit such large sums can be a positive signal about the company's stability and growth prospects.

From a financial perspective, this move diversifies ownership and brings in external expertise through the establishment of an independent Board of Directors. This can improve governance and provide a broader range of strategic insights, potentially leading to better decision-making and risk management. Additionally, the reorganization under an LLC controlled by senior management ensures continuity and minimizes the risk of future ownership issues.

However, it's worth noting that the equity dilution resulting from this sale might slightly reduce the ownership percentage for existing stakeholders. On the flip side, if the capital is utilized effectively to enhance the company's growth, the overall value for shareholders can increase, outweighing the dilution impact. Investors should monitor how this capital is deployed in the upcoming quarters to gauge its effectiveness.

The entry of high-profile investors like ICONIQ Investment Management and BTG Pactual signals a strategic shift for Pershing Square. This is particularly relevant for retail investors who may not have access to the same level of due diligence as these big players. The endorsement by reputable firms can serve as a proxy indicator of the firm's health and strategic potential. However, retail investors should consider that while these firms bring capital, they also have their own strategic interests which might not always align perfectly with those of smaller shareholders.

The formation of an independent Board signifies a commitment to robust governance and transparency, which can be a reassuring sign for investors concerned about oversight and managerial accountability. The diverse expertise of the new board members, ranging from academia to cybersecurity, is poised to bring a variety of perspectives to the table, enhancing the company's strategic capabilities.

In the short term, the market might respond positively to this news, considering the strong endorsement by strategic investors. Long-term implications, however, will depend on how effectively Pershing Square utilizes this capital to generate sustainable returns. Retail investors should keep an eye on future earnings reports and strategic initiatives to gauge the success of this new investment.

Pershing Square Establishes Independent Board of Directors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P. (“PSCM”) today announced the primary sale of a 10% common equity interest in Pershing Square Holdco, L.P. (“Pershing Square”) – a newly formed limited partnership that owns 100% of PSCM – for a purchase price of $1.05 billion to a consortium of strategic investors including Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACGL), BTG Pactual (BPAC11), Consulta Limited, ICONIQ Investment Management, Menora Mivtachim Holdings, an international group of family offices, and other investors.

“We are delighted to invite a group of world-class, long-term partners as investors in our business, which has been entirely owned by Pershing Square employees since our inception more than 20 years ago,” said Pershing Square Founder and CEO Bill Ackman. He continued: “This new investment will help accelerate our growth in assets under management in existing and new strategies. As always, Pershing Square will remain intensely focused on generating high, long-term returns for our investors.”

Concurrent with the closing of the minority investment, Pershing Square has established an independent Board of Directors consisting of five independent directors and four affiliates of PSCM. The independent directors are Kerry Murphy Healey, President Emerita of Babson College; Orion Hindawi, Executive Chairman of Tanium; Marco Kheirallah, partner at Lumina Capital; Nicholas Lamotte, Executive Chairman of Consulta; and Christine Todd, Chief Investment Officer of Arch Capital Group. The affiliate directors are Bill Ackman, Chairman and CEO; Ryan Israel, CIO; Nick Botta, Vice Chairman; and Halit Coussin, Chief Legal Officer.

In connection with the transaction, PSCM is completing an internal reorganization of its ownership structure (the “Reorganization”) which will result in the voting securities of Pershing Square being indirectly owned by a limited liability company (“the LLC”), an entity which will be controlled by senior management of Pershing Square including Bill Ackman who is the largest shareholder of the LLC.

The Reorganization will result in a deemed assignment under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, but will not affect PSCM’s provision of investment management services to the funds managed by PSCM. The purpose of the reorganization is a technical one, that is, to minimize the likelihood of any future deemed assignment, an issue that was important to resolve in connection with the strategic sale transaction. In connection with the Reorganization, each of PSCM’s funds, including Pershing Square Holdings, Ltd., approved the deemed assignment of its Investment Management Agreement. The approval of the assignment will have no impact on PSCM’s management team and its role in managing the Pershing Square funds.

Also, in conjunction with today’s announcement, Ben Hakim has been appointed as President of PSCM in addition to his continuing role as a member of the Investment Team. Mr. Hakim, a Partner at Pershing Square, joined the Investment Team in 2012 following 13 years at The Blackstone Group where he was a Senior Managing Director. Nick Botta will become Vice Chairman of PSCM and join the Pershing Square board. He previously served as President of PSCM.

BofA Securities, Citigroup, Evolve, Jefferies, and UBS Investment Bank served as placement agents, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal advisors to PSCM on the transaction. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP served as legal advisor to the U.S. placement agents on the transaction.

Kerry Murphy Healey

Kerry Murphy Healey is President Emerita of Babson College and a lecturer at Princeton University, School of International and Public Affairs. Healey serves as an independent director and Chairperson of the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Apollo Global Management Inc. (NYSE: APO) Board of Directors. She is also a director and Chairperson of the Governance Committee for Marti Technologies (NYSE: MRT). Dr. Healey served as an independent director of the Apollo Asset Management, Inc. Board from March 2021 through December 2021.

Dr. Healey was the inaugural president of the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream in Washington, DC, from 2019-2022. Dr. Healey served as the President of Babson College from 2013-2019. Before coming to Babson, she served with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, where she worked to lead, enact, and implement a wide range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey Administration. In 2008, Dr. Healey was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PJRA), a position to which she was later reappointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Prior to her public service, Dr. Healey worked for more than a decade as a public policy consultant to the United States Department of Justice for Cambridge-based think tank Abt Associates. Dr. Healey holds an AB in government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, and a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan and the American University of Bahrain.

Orion Hindawi

Orion Hindawi is the Executive Chairman and former CEO of Tanium, a private venture-backed endpoint management and cyber security company. Orion co-founded Tanium in 2007 and serves as its executive chairman. Orion drives the strategic vision and technical innovation at Tanium, as well as engagement with its strategic partners and customers. A technology visionary and accomplished inventor, Orion has led the development of enterprise-scale endpoint security and management platforms for the past 18 years at BigFix, Inc. (acquired by IBM in 2010) and Tanium, in addition to holding multiple software patents in network communications and systems management. Orion works closely every day with Tanium customers in pursuit of inventing new approaches for solving the significant challenges IT departments face securing and managing large, global enterprise environments.

Marco Kheirallah

Marco Kheirallah is a founding partner at Lumina Capital, a special situations investment firm founded in 2022 in Brazil. Prior to Lumina beginning in 2010, he was the Founder and Managing Partner at SIP Capital Fund. Marco also served as the Chief Financial Officer at PDG Realty from 2012 to 2015. Marco was a Partner at Banco Pactual from 2001 to 2009 and at Banco Matrix from 1996 to 2001. He also served as a Trader at Banco Opportunity from 1994 to 1996 and at Banco BCN from 1992 to 1994. Marco received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas, EAESP.

Nicholas Lamotte

Nicholas Lamotte is the Executive Chairman of Consulta Limited, a value-oriented investment firm. Mr. Lamotte was appointed Executive Chairman in 2024, having served as Chairman of the Board since 2019. From 2008 to 2019, Mr. Lamotte served in various roles at Consulta, including Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman. Prior to joining Consulta, Mr. Lamotte was an analyst at Halcyon Asset Management from 2006 to 2008 and an analyst at Goldman Sachs from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Lamotte received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Lamotte has completed the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School and has endowed the Nicholas M. Lamotte Scholarship for Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations at Brown University.

Christine Todd

Christine Todd is Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer of Arch Capital Group Ltd. and President of Arch Investment Management Ltd. She joined Arch in June 2021 and has responsibility for setting the firm’s investment strategy and managing the day-to-day operations of the investment portfolio. Prior to joining Arch, Ms. Todd was Head of Fixed Income, U.S., for Amundi US from February 2019 to May 2021. She has also held executive roles at Neighborly Investments; Standish Mellon Asset Management Company LLC; and Gannett, Welsh & Kotler. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MBA from Boston University.

About Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P., based in New York City, is an SEC-registered investment advisor to investment funds.

About Arch Capital Group Ltd.

Arch Capital Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACGL) is a publicly listed Bermuda exempted company with approximately $22.1 billion in capital at March 31, 2024. Arch, which is part of the S&P 500 Index, provides insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance on a worldwide basis through its wholly owned subsidiaries.

About BTG Pactual

BTG Pactual (BPAC11) is the largest investment bank in Latin America, with a market capitalization of approximately US$ 28 billion with over US$ 320 billion in assets in its Wealth and Asset Management divisions (as of Q1, 2024). BTG Pactual offers a diverse range of services, including Investment Banking, Corporate Lending, Sales & Trading, Asset Management, Wealth Management, and Banking. BTG Pactual employs more than 7,000 people across Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the United States, U.K., Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg (as of Q1, 2024). For more information and important disclosures: www.btgpactual.com.

About Consulta Limited

Consulta Limited, based in London, is a private investment firm which makes concentrated, long-term investments in businesses run by owner-oriented managers. Consulta was founded in 1978 and is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom.

About ICONIQ Investment Management

ICONIQ Investment Management oversees a range of strategies as a division of ICONIQ Capital, a global financial advisory and investment firm with over $80 billion assets under management. ICONIQ Investment Management seeks to deliver exceptional investment portfolios by harnessing the differentiated capital and strategic strength of the ICONIQ community.

About Menora Mivtachim Holdings

Menora Mivtachim Holdings is one of Israel's five largest insurance & finance groups (third in Market Cap) with the highest ROE among the five largest groups. As of May 2024, the total assets managed by the group were approximately $93 billion.

Menora operates, through its subsidiaries, in all sectors of insurance (P&C, Life and Health), Credit, Underwriting, Long/Mid/Short-term savings. Menora is best known for owning and managing the largest pension fund in Israel - "Menora Mivtachim pension and provident fund".

Fran McGill

Pershing Square

+1 (212) 909 2455

McGill@persq.com

Source: Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.

FAQ

What is the significance of Pershing Square's recent $1.05 billion equity sale?

The $1.05 billion sale of a 10% common equity interest aims to accelerate the growth of Pershing Square Capital Management's assets under management.

Who are the new investors in Pershing Square?

The new investors include Arch Capital Group (NASDAQ: ACGL), BTG Pactual, Consulta , ICONIQ Investment Management, Menora Mivtachim Holdings, and other family offices.

How will the new independent Board of Directors affect Pershing Square?

The establishment of an independent Board of Directors is expected to improve governance and oversight at Pershing Square.

What changes have been made to Pershing Square's management?

Ben Hakim has been appointed President, and Nick Botta has been named Vice Chairman of Pershing Square.

How does the reorganization impact Pershing Square’s investment management services?

The reorganization will not affect Pershing Square’s provision of investment management services to the funds it manages.

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