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New Mountain Capital closes Guardian III private credit fund on USD1.15bn

New Mountain Capital has closed its latest direct lending fund, New Mountain Guardian III with approximately USD1.15 billion of capital commitments from a diverse group of investors. 

Commitments included a substantial investment from the General Partner and employees of the Firm. The Fund is expected to have approximately USD2.0 billion in investable capital, including leverage. Consistent with the Firm’s investment philosophy, New Mountain’s private credit strategy focuses on lending to the highest quality companies in select, non-cyclical defensive growth industries.
 
As of 30 September, 2021, Guardian III had already deployed more than USD1.1 billion into 79 portfolio companies across a variety of high quality, non-cyclical industries including enterprise software, business services, healthcare services and healthcare technology. These are all industries that New Mountain has differentiated knowledge in, and focuses on, within its private equity strategy.
 
Steve Klinsky, Founder & CEO of New Mountain Capital, says: “We would like to thank our investors for their strong support. We believe New Mountain’s investment philosophy of focusing on defensive growth industries where we have deep expertise continues to be a successful strategy for our credit business and proven to be a key differentiator.”
 
Robert Hamwee, Managing Director and co-portfolio manager of the private credit strategies at New Mountain, adds: “We believe that the current environment, where robust sponsor deal activity and strong overall credit conditions are coupled with continued uncertainty and volatility in certain sectors, is especially well-suited to our agile and selective approach to credit investing. We look forward to working with leading sponsors and portfolio companies to support their growth while pursuing attractive and consistent returns.”
 
John Kline, Managing Director and co-portfolio manager of the private credit strategies at New Mountain, adds: “We were very pleased to see the strong reception Guardian III received from who we believe to be some of the leading sophisticated and experienced investors. Our ability to leverage the resources, investing experience, knowledge and relationships of the entire New Mountain platform to help source and evaluate opportunities is a true differentiator, and we are excited to utilise that capability for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.”
 
The successful fundraising for Guardian III builds on the current strong momentum across New Mountain’s credit business. The Firm recently completed its third US collateralised loan obligation transaction and also celebrated the ten year anniversary of the IPO of its publicly traded business development company, New Mountain Finance Corporation (NASDAQ:NMFC), which has delivered consistent attractive returns to investors.

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