Houston energy tech PE group raises $3B third fund
A Houston-based private equity firm that focuses on industrial decarbonization investments has closed its latest fund.
Ara Partners has secured over $3 billion of new capital commitments for its Ara Fund III, closing $2.8 billion of limited partner commitments, which represents an oversubscription of its $2 billion initial target.
"We are grateful for the extraordinary interest in Fund III demonstrated by Ara's increasingly global, blue-chip investor base," Charles Cherington, managing partner of Ara, says in a news release. "The strong support from new and existing investors, is a testament to their confidence in our talented team, our investment strategy, and the compelling opportunities in the industrial decarbonization sector."
The third fund's institutional investors includes pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, and foundations from around the world. Ara Fund III will continue the firm's mission of investing in and buying out decarbonization-aligned industrial companies, specifically targeting ones headquartered in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
"The growing, global presence of Ara's platform and portfolio directly reflects the industrial economy's continued demand for the technological innovation and infrastructure needed to decarbonize," Troy Thacker, managing partner of Ara, says in the release. "The support we have received for Fund III will enable the Ara team to continue investing in high-growth companies globally that are positioned to build value while achieving positive environmental impacts."
The newly closed fund has already made four investments:
- Vacuumschmelze, a global producer of advanced magnetic materials and rare earth permanent magnets
- Genera, a sustainable pulp and packaging producer
- CFP Energy, a provider of market-facing solutions in environmental and green energy products to industrial customers across Europe
- CycleØ, a fully integrated developer of distributed biomethane facilities
Founded by Cherington and Thacker in 2017, Ara has around $5.6 billion in assets under management. It's previous fund closed in September 2021 at an oversubscribed $1.1 billion.