Daily News: October 13, 2014

Apollo Global Management JV to Offer ABLs to Retailers

Funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management announced the launch of Alteri Investors, a new joint venture focused on financing opportunities arising across performing, stressed and distressed retail sector situations in Europe.

Structured as a partnership between funds managed under Apollo’s credit business and a team led by former GA Europe CEO Gavin George, Alteri will initially focus on the United Kingdom and Germany and expects to invest in retailers through both debt and equity transactions, typically in the £10 million to £50 million range, with additional capacity for larger transactions.

Alteri will also seek to lend to retailers directly, providing flexible asset-based financing, either in a senior or second-lien capacity.

Ancillary to its core objective to provide principle investment solutions to retailers, Alteri also expects to provide a consulting service (through Gavin George’s Alteri Advisors, as described below) to retailers and their key stakeholders in stressed or distressed situations, by providing a range of operational services, such as assisting with store closure programmes across Europe, stock sales, or managing the real estate component of a restructuring.

In addition to the scale, resources and capital funding that Apollo Credit expects to contribute to Alteri, the Joint Venture will draw upon the experience of Alteri Advisors, which comprises a team of highly experienced professionals, drawn in part from the former GA Europe business under the leadership of Gavin George.

Gavin George, CEO and managing partner at Alteri Advisors, said, “This is an extremely exciting new joint venture. The retail market is experiencing a transformational period which we believe will create lots of opportunities for Alteri. With the financial resources and capabilities of Apollo Credit as one of the world’s largest credit investors, and the deep retail restructuring expertise of the Alteri Advisors team, we believe we are together well placed to partner with retailers in the UK, Germany and beyond to restructure and restore their businesses to health. We are looking forward to making Alteri Investors a huge success.”

Robert Ruberton, head of European Credit at Apollo Global Management, said, “Gavin and his team have vast experience in retail restructurings, with real operational insight and understanding. We are delighted to have found a partner with their sector-specific skills and differentiated origination capabilities. We look forward to working with Gavin and his team as joint venture partners to create what we believe is a unique proposition for both European retailers and Apollo’s investors.”