DBS invests in Asia Pacific private debt fund to open doors to new growth opportunities arising from the pandemic

Singapore.17 Jun 2021
Singapore, 17 Jun 2021 - DBS Group Holdings Ltd today announced that it has entered into an agreement to be an anchor investor in Muzinich Asia Pacific (APAC) Private Debt I (the “Fund”). The investment in the private debt fund is in line with the Group’s strategy of investing in new revenue and growth opportunities arising from special situations opportunities1created by the pandemic.

Overview of the Investment

DBS is expected to anchor up to USD 200 million or 40% of the total fund size, whichever is lower. Alongside DBS’ commitment, DBS will have representation on the Fund’s Investment Committee and Advisory Committee.

Background on Muzinich APAC Private Debt Fund

Muzinich APAC Private Debt Fund is focused on private debt solutions targeted at lower middle-market companies2 and is managed by Muzinich and Co., a privately-owned international investment firm with total assets under management (AUM) amounting to USD 39.3 billion.

The Fund’s objectives are to:

  • Generate high recurring cash income with capital appreciation potential while minimising credit impairments;
  • Build a diversified portfolio across geographies and industries; and
  • Incorporate an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) conscious approach towards investments.

DBS’ Investment Rationale

The Investment will offer DBS the following strategic benefits:

  • Provides growth exposure to recovery opportunities in APAC, which is one of the world’s fastest growing regions; APAC GDP is growing at 4.8% per annum vs 1.5% in Europe and 2.1% in North America3;
  • Extend and diversify credit risk participation beyond DBS’ traditional debt portfolio;
  • More active involvement in the fund activities (i.e. through participation in the Fund’s Investment and Advisory Committees) to build up product know-how in the special situations space;
  • ESG-focused investment approach aligns with DBS’ focus to support corporates in adopting sustainable financing.

Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS said, “The special situations space is already well-established in the US and Europe. But in the Asia Pacific, there is still room for further penetration, especially now, when more compelling opportunities arise in Asia as it gradually recovers from the pandemic. This fund can play an integral role in bridging the financing gap faced by businesses that have been dislocated by the disruptions, complemented by our already established Fixed Income franchise in deal sourcing and meeting more bespoke funding and investment needs across Asia.”

Special situation opportunities refer to companies that may face temporary operational or financial stress, but have a healthy core that is perceived to be of investment value. The Fund’s investment particular focus is on middle-market companies that may be facing such a scenario.

Targeting corporate, family and financial sponsor owned companies with EBITDA range: US$5m to US$50m with an operating history of three years or more with audited financials.

3 IMF, World Economic Outlook Database, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), April 2020.




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