KKR has completed private equity transactions that are among the most complex in history, but our approach is fundamentally simple: We seek to partner with highly motivated management teams and entrepreneurs to design and implement strategic and operational changes that will take these market-leading businesses to the next level of growth and beyond.
In general, we act as catalysts for change by investing capital in companies that have reached a transition point in their development. Our financial expertise and significant resources allow us to be flexible in investment structure and size. We have taken publicly-listed companies private, acquired divisional assets through corporate-divestiture transactions, partnered with family-owned businesses and strategic buyers, and purchased and grown companies through industry-consolidation strategies. This flexibility allows us to consider a wide-range of opportunities, so we can find the optimal investments for the benefit of the companies we invest in as well as our investment partners.
The KKR Approach
The KKR Approach
Components of Sourcing
- Industry-team focus
- Direct contacts with business leaders
- Strong relationships with financial and government leaders
KKR has developed an extensive track record of partnering with management teams and building successful businesses across a broad range of industries. As a global investment firm, we are differentiated by our:
Strong and consistent performance
delivered over 38 years
We are driven to provide our private equity investors with consistently strong returns that are significantly above those they could achieve in the public markets and that compare favorably with industry
Experienced, stable and deep
We pride ourselves on our one-firm approach, working proactively and collaboratively across businesses and geographies to achieve the best possible results. The firm has over 160 private market professionals in offices around the world who are dedicated to sourcing, analyzing, executing, and managing private equity investments.
KKR’s private equity investment professionals come from a broad spectrum of private equity, strategic consulting, industry, and finance backgrounds. We often partner our experienced investment professionals with seasoned local investors who know the region, understand the culture, and have strong track records. Our teams also benefit from the deep knowledge and operational expertise of KKR Capstone and our Senior Advisors.
Deep industry knowledge
and proprietary sourcing capabilities
Our focused investment approach is designed to address the complexities of investing in global businesses. Our private equity professionals are organized into industry teams and are charged with being experts in their respective fields. They are also organized by region to ensure our teams have a global perspective as well as local knowledge, experience, and relationships. This combination of global expertise with local networks and familiarity we believe allows KKR to drive differentiated results.
Expertise in creating value
We are active investors that partner with our portfolio company management teams to achieve growth and improve productivity. Building stronger, better companies creates value for our investment partners, the portfolio companies in which we invest, their employees, and the communities in which they operate.
Because we measure success in terms of years and not quarter to quarter, we and portfolio company management teams can focus on long-term results without being distracted by short-term gains.
Over the last decade, the private equity industry has become more global. The growth in international trade, large increases in financial flows, and technology breakthroughs have led to stronger economies and higher living standards in developed and developing countries. These same forces have created opportunities for KKR to invest globally. We harness our global network of KKR professionals and advisors, as well as our relationships with business leaders worldwide to source proprietary investments that seek to capitalize on these opportunities.
In addition to North America and Europe, in recent years KKR has established a meaningful presence in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, and today has offices around the world. We bring a blend of global industry expertise and local market knowledge to these regions; we believe this combination has enabled us to identify truly unique partnership and acquisition opportunities throughout Asia and the broader Pacific region. Furthermore, we believe that our global footprint is a competitive advantage not only in sourcing, staffing, and performing due diligence on proprietary investment opportunities, but also in supporting portfolio companies’ growth.
KKR has a global network of professional relationships, which includes chief executive officers of large companies, co-investors, advisory institutions, and other intermediaries. Our network provides access to exclusive investment opportunities, valuable sources of knowledge during due diligence, and significant resources when we are building and exiting our portfolio companies.
Creativity and innovation
When Henry Kravis and George Roberts founded KKR in 1976, leveraged buyouts were a novel form of corporate finance. With no financial services firm to model ourselves after, and little interest in copying an existing formula, we set out to build a firm based on creativity and innovation. KKR continues to innovate by establishing new strategies that leverage our experience, partnerships, and intellectual capital. To assist us in this regard, we created KKR Capital Markets to assist us in providing our portfolio companies with tailored capital markets counsel.
We regularly engage with a range of stakeholders, including individuals, investors, global organizations and community groups, and portfolio company management and employees who are affected by our business decisions and can contribute to our success.