Kensington is a leading Canadian private equity investor, founded in 1996. To date, Kensington has committed over $700 million to private equity investments through a succession of private equity programs. Institutional investors such as pension funds and professional asset managers, as well as high net-worth individual investors, hold Kensington private equity funds in their portfolios.
Kensington private equity programs focus principally on two segments of the private equity market across Canada and the United States:
Mid-Market Buyouts of mature profitable businesses with total enterprise values typically ranging from $50 to $500 million, where management has developed a compelling plan to create substantial growth over the expected 3- to 5-year cycle of our investment. In this segment, we typically target gross internal rate of return (IRRs) of 25%, representing a tripling of equity value over 5 years.
Growth Equity and Venture Capital opportunities carry greater risk and target higher returns than the buyout sector. These less mature companies must show a strong growth trajectory based on a new technology or disruptive business model, led by an experienced team, in order to attract investment.