New York State Common Retirement Fund Invests More Than $3B in May

Notable among the pension giant’s outlays was a $1 billion investment in a fund managed by Khosla Ventures.

The New York State Common Retirement Fund committed more than $3 billion in investments in May, including a $1 billion investment in an opportunistic return strategies fund, according to its monthly investment report.

The $1 billion investment went to the Khosla Ventures Excelsior fund, managed by Khosla Ventures, described as an evergreen fund investing parallel to Khosla Ventures’ flagship funds over multiple vintages. Menlo Park, California-based Khosla Ventures, founded by and named after Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla, is a new relationship for New York Common.

The pension fund also committed more than $720 million within its real assets portfolio to two funds. The NYSCRF earmarked $450 million for the EQT Infrastructure VI fund managed by EQT Fund Management. The fund seeks to invest in infrastructure and infrastructure-like assets, focusing on the digital; energy and environment; transport and logistics; and social infrastructure sectors, with a focus on Europe, North America and, to a lesser degree, Asia-Pacific.

Another 250 million euros ($271.4 million) were committed to Antin Infrastructure Partners’ Antin Infrastructure Partners V Fund, a closed-end fund targeting infrastructure investments in the energy and environment; telecom; transport; and social sectors, with a geographic focus on Europe and North America. The commitment to Antin Infrastructure Partners marks a new relationship for the pension fund.

The pension fund also allotted $500 million within its credit portfolio to two funds managed by Golub Capital. It will invest $300 million in the Golub Sapphire Fund, a separately-managed account targeting opportunistic investments primarily in credit and credit-oriented instruments. The fund’s stated investment objective is to produce a blend of current income and principal appreciation, with an emphasis on capital preservation.

The other $200 million allotted to Golub Capital will go to the Golub Emerald Fund, also a separately-managed account targeting opportunistic investments in credit and credit-oriented instruments. The Emerald Fund will co-invest alongside the GEMS Funds and the Sapphire Fund. Golub Capital is also a new relationship for the pension fund.

Within its real estate portfolio, the pension has earmarked $300 million to Waterton Associates’ Waterton Residential Property Venture Fund, a closed-end commingled fund focused on acquiring and operating value-add apartments. It aims to invest in a balanced portfolio of value-add apartments located in the top 30 to 40 metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., based on population. Waterton Associates is also a new relationship for the pension fund.

Another $240 million was committed within the pension fund’s private equity portfolio to four funds. The NYSCRF will invest $150 million in the TowerBrook Investors VI fund from TowerBrook Capital Partners. The pension fund described TowerBrook as a generalist investor that will seek to deploy capital in control-oriented investments based on the relative attractiveness of opportunities. The investments will mainly be in North America and Europe.

A further $50 million will go to the TowerBrook Empire Opportunities fund, which will invest additional capital in co-investment opportunities alongside the TowerBrook Investors VI fund. Some $25 million is going to Insight Partners’ Insight Vision Capital II fund, which will seek investments in early-stage technology funds, mainly in North America. The remaining $15 million in private equity will go to the Armory Square Ventures III fund from Armory Square Ventures. The fund will target software and tech-enabled businesses, primarily in New York state.

In addition to the more than $3 billion in commitments made during the month, the pension fund also cashed out of the Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund within its public equity portfolio. At the time of liquidation, the account was valued at approximately $573 million, which was allocated to cash.


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