Carlyle is one of the world’s largest and most diversified multi-product global alternative asset management firms with over $200 billion under management across 115+ funds and 70+ fund of funds. Carlyle has approximately 1,400 employees, including more than 650 investment professionals, in 33 offices across six continents, and serves over 1,500 fund investors from 75 countries. Up until May 2012, Carlyle was a private partnership, owned by a group of individuals, most of whom are managing directors of Carlyle, and two large institutions. In May 2012, Carlyle completed an initial public offering (IPO) of its Common Units representing limited partner interests in Carlyle. Carlyle is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “CG”.
Senior secured direct lending represents an attractive opportunity in this current market environment. This opportunity is being driven by the imbalance between low supply of capital for middle market borrowers and high demand from these companies. The lack of available credit from traditional lenders has created a favorable situation for investors. It has been suggested that funds with both capital and expertise can utilize strong credit skills to achieve very attractive risk-adjusted returns. This can be accomplished by investing in a diversified portfolio of self-originated, senior secure corporate loans and modest leverage.
The return potential is attractive, but the nature of these investments can also offer considerable downside protection to the investor. The senior position in a borrower’s capital structure typically allows a lender to have priority of return as well as control over any restructuring process, asset sale, or capital raise. The floating rate structure of these loans also allows for the investors’ payout to rise should interest rates increase over the term of the loan.