KKR Investor Relations Material
The O.G of Private Equity
KKR, or Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., has consistently been a leader in the private equity industry. The company was founded in 1976 to create and manage private equity funds that acquired underperforming businesses. The trio had previously worked together at Bear Stearns, where they actually pioneered in completing some of the earliest leveraged buyouts that were made.
Stable performance through tough times
KKR has performed well in historical periods of high volatility and came out of the; 2000s recession with a gross IRR of 47 percent compared to 8 percent for the S&P 500. The Great Financial Crisis with a gross IRR of 32 percent compared to 15 percent for the S&P 500. And the COVID-19 Pandemic with a gross IRR of 16 percent compared to 4 percent for the S&P 500.
Still room left to grow
The company's segments, including private equity, growth, real estate, infrastructure, alternative credit, leveraged credit, and hedge funds, possess gigantic addressable markets. KKR is a leading player in many of these markets but only has market shares of low to mid-single digits, giving them much room to grow.
Consistently beating the S&P 500
Having completed private equity transactions with more than $690 billion as of summer 2022, KKR’s portfolio companies employ over 800 000 people worldwide. The company has generated a cumulative gross IRR of 26 percent since its inception, compared to the 12 percent achieved by the S&P 500 over the same period. Some of KKR’s competitors include Apollo Global Management, Brookfield Asset Management, and Blackstone.