Emerging markets have been of interest to the new age of investors for some time now. A fresh round of capital is being directed into the different emerging economies of Asia, this time by Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK), Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) and KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR).
Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK), is kick-starting a new fund, which will be entirely dedicated to the distressed and dislocated debt in emerging markets, Bloomberg reports. The new fund, Oaktree Emerging Market Opportunities Fund LP will attempt to benefit from the large amount of corporate and sovereign credit spread across in EMs. Oaktree Capital Group LLC (NYSE:OAK) estimates the total amount of outstanding debt in these regions to exceed $1 trillion. The fund is expected to report its first returns in the first quarter of FY2013. The fund details enlist an initial general partner investment of $20 million, the minimum size of the fund is expected to be $800 million. The terms indicate the charge of 1.75 percent annual management fee.
In another development, Carlyle Group, one of the largest private equity firms globally, is buying a big chunk of an Indonesian telecom towers company, Reuters reports. The stake in PT Solusi Tunas Pratama TBK (STP) (SUPR.JK) amounts to 25 percent of the company, which equals a $100 million transaction. Indonesia is seen as an economy of high risk and high reward, and despite regulatory and structural problems, the market generates sizeable returns.
Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) is mum about the details of the buyout. The company has been investing in Asia for a long time now, a multitude of its billion dollar funds are dedicated to investment in Asian economies. It previously took part in the auction of GarudaFood Group, an Indonesian food company. Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ:CG) also competes with Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX), KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) and Bain Capital for dominance in Southeast Asian countries. The group manages over $150 billion in a variety of assets.
Further opportunities are seen in the agriculture, financials, and consumer sectors. KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) held $61.5 billion in AUM by the end of the June quarter.