GUERNSEY, Channel Islands (BUSINESS WIRE), 27 February 2012 - Conversus Capital, L.P. (NYSE Euronext Amsterdam: CCAP) (“Conversus”) today announced that its general partner’s board of directors will explore strategic alternatives with the goal of enhancing unit holder value. Strategic alternatives may include, but are not limited to, a possible sale of Conversus. Conversus expects to work closely with its investment manager, Conversus Asset Management (“CAM”), as it evaluates alternatives.
Conversus has retained J.P. Morgan Securities LLC as its financial advisor to assist with the strategic review. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP serves as the legal advisor to Conversus.
“Since the announcement of our harvesting strategy in September, Conversus has received approaches regarding potential strategic alternatives,” commented Paul Guilbert, Chairman of Conversus GP, Limited. “The board has determined that this process will better enable us to determine the best option to enhance value for our unit holders.”
Conversus does not have a defined timeline for the strategic review, and there can be no assurance that the review will result in any specific action or transaction. Conversus does not intend to comment further regarding the evaluation of strategic alternatives, unless a specific transaction or process is concluded, or it otherwise deems further disclosure is appropriate or required.
About Conversus Capital
Conversus is a publicly traded portfolio of third party private equity funds with approximately $2.1 billion in assets under management. Conversus provides immediate exposure to a diversified portfolio of private equity assets managed by best-in-class general partners. Conversus’ objective is to maximize long-term unit holder value by harvesting its existing portfolio and returning capital to unit holders. CAM, an independent asset manager, implements Conversus’ investment policies and carries out the day to day operations of Conversus pursuant to a services agreement.
This press release is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, securities in the United States or elsewhere. Securities may not be sold in the United States absent registration with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Conversus is not a registered investment company under the U.S. Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act”), and the resale of Conversus securities in the United States or to U.S. persons other than to qualified purchasers as defined in the Investment Company Act is prohibited. Conversus does not intend to register any offering in the United States or to conduct a public offering of its securities in the United States. Conversus is an authorised closed-ended investment scheme for Guernsey regulatory purposes. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.
The common units and related restricted depositary units of Conversus are subject to a number of ownership and transfer restrictions. Information concerning these ownership and transfer restrictions is included in the Investor Relations section of Conversus’ website at www.conversus.com.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "should," "will," and "would," or the negative of those terms or other comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and include statements relating to expectations, beliefs, forecasts, projections (which may include statements regarding future economic performance, and the financial condition, results of operations, liquidity, cash flows, investments, business, net asset value and prospects of Conversus), future plans and strategies and anticipated results thereof, anticipated events or trends and similar matters that are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty, because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future, and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, the following: our ability to implement successful investment strategies; risks associated with private equity investments generally, the performance and financial condition of the funds in our portfolio and their portfolio companies, and the actual realized value of investments; the size, volume and timing of capital calls, distributions and other transactions involving our investments; changes in our relationship with Conversus Asset Management, and its relationships; potential conflicts of interest; changes in our financial condition, liquidity (including availability and cost of capital), cash flows and ability to meet our funding needs and satisfy our contractual obligations; general economic and political conditions and conditions in the equity, debt, credit, currency, foreign exchange and private equity markets; the trading price, liquidity and volatility, of our common units; competitive conditions; regulatory and legislative developments; the outcome of our review of strategic alternatives; and the risks, uncertainties and other factors discussed elsewhere in these materials or in our public filings and documents on our website (www.conversus.com). Conversus does not undertake to update any of these forward-looking statements.