Global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) today announced the closing of a €335 million Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) fund, the firm’s second new-issue CLO in Europe this year. Carlyle GMS Euro CLO 2013-2 will invest predominantly in new issue and secondary market European senior secured bank loans. Citibank arranged the transaction.
Carlyle’s first new-issue European CLO in 2013 closed in June at €350 million. According to S & P Capital IQ LCD, aggregate CLO issuance in 2013 in Europe now stands at approximately €4.5 billion from 14 deals, including Carlyle GMS Euro CLO 2013-1 and 2013-2. In February of 2012, Carlyle made its first CLO purchase in Europe when it acquired management contracts on €2.1 billion in European CLO assets from Highland Capital Management.
Colin Atkins, Carlyle Managing Director and Head of European Structured Credit, said, “We are pleased to have established ourselves as a repeat issuer in the European CLO market and intend to be a continued presence as we are with our US CLO business.”
Carlyle’s structured credit/CLO business, with $17.4 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013, $6.48 billion (€4.8) of which are in Europe, is part of the firm’s Global Market Strategies (GMS) platform. GMS has more than $34 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2013. The platform includes: mezzanine and energy mezzanine loans; high yield and structured credit; distressed equity and debt; and four hedge fund strategies (long/short credit, emerging market equities, macroeconomic and commodities). The GMS platform has more than 200 investment professionals in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hong Kong, and London.About The Carlyle Group The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $180 billion of assets under management across 118 funds and 81 fund of funds vehicles as of June 30, 2013. Carlyle's purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, many of whom are public pensions. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Global Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense & government services, consumer & retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, technology & business services, telecommunications & media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,400 people in 34 offices across six continents.