Water Street Healthcare Partners has closed its third private equity fund, Water Street Healthcare Partners III, on its hard cap of $750m.
The fund exceeded its original target of $650m, and fundraising began in early June. Investors in the fund include leading domestic and international pension funds, endowments and financial institutions, most of which have invested in Water Street since the firm raised its first fund in 2006.
“We are very pleased with the value Water Street has built in its group of health care companies, and the strong results its team has achieved over the past six years,” said Brian Welker, investment director Allianz Capital Partners. “What we appreciate most about Water Street is how it engages its entire team in the value creation process. It leverages the vast experience of its operating partners with the financial expertise of its investment partners to proactively source and invest in attractive companies, strategically expand their products and services, and build them into market leaders.”
Water Street has completed more than 30 strategic acquisitions and mergers, to build 16 healthcare companies in six years. In the past three months, Water Street has acquired Breg from Orthofix International; divested its dental pharmaceutical company OraPharma, to Valeant Pharmaceuticals International; and divested Physiotherapy Associates.
“We are deeply grateful to our investors for their overwhelming support of Water Street. Their recognition of the results our team has achieved and enthusiasm for our strategy enabled us to raise this fund efficiently. Importantly, by extending our partnership, investors continue to support our strategy of building market-leading companies of greater long-term value in targeted growth segments of health care. We will continue to invest our team’s deep health care expertise, extensive operating experience and network of industry relationships to create transformational growth for our companies and deliver outstanding results for our investors,” said Tim Dugan, managing partner, Water Street.
With Fund III, Water Street’s total capital under management increases to nearly $2bn. The firm targets investments in medical and diagnostic products and devices, specialty distribution, outsourced healthcare services, and specialty pharmaceutical products and services.
It closed its inaugural equity fund of $370m in 2006 and its second equity fund of $650m in 2008.
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