KKR, a global investment firm, closed KKR Asset-Based Finance Partners (ABFP), KKR’s first fund dedicated to asset-based finance investments “ABF.” The approximately $2.1 billion fund will commit capital globally to privately originated and negotiated credit investments that are backed by large and diversified pools of financial and hard assets, with attractive risk-adjusted returns.

“The $4.5 trillion ABF market is one of the most compelling and fastest-growing opportunities within our private credit business today,” Dan Pietrzak and Matthieu Boulanger, partners and co-heads of private credit at KKR, said. “At the same time, investors are increasingly looking for solutions that can deliver collateral-based cash flows with attractive yield and downside protection in today’s highly volatile and inflationary environment. We are seeing growing recognition of ABF as a standalone asset class that can deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns. Through the close of ABFP, we are pleased to play a leading role in meeting this demand while also serving the financing needs of consumers and businesses globally.”

“There are significant and growing opportunities for scaled private capital across the ABF universe,” Avi Korn, Chris Mellia and Varun Khanna, managing directors of ABF investment strategy at KKR, said. “Demand has been driven by global bank deleveraging, the need for fast and sophisticated credit solutions and the inability of traditional capital to provide them. We believe that the global footprint and breadth of our ABF strategy positions us well to serve this need and to source differentiated opportunities with compelling risk-adjusted returns.”

ABFP received strong support from a diverse group of new and existing investors, including public and corporate pensions, sovereign wealth funds, commercial banks, insurance companies, asset managers and family offices. KKR invested approximately $150 million alongside external investors through its balance sheet and employee commitments.

“We are thrilled with the demand and support that we’ve seen from new and existing Limited Partners. There is clearly excitement around this strategy and the benefits that it can provide, especially in today’s environment,” Kevin McMahon, managing director at KKR, said.

KKR has deployed more than $6 billion across 54 ABF investments globally since 2016 through a combination of portfolio acquisitions, platform investments and structured investments. The firm has approximately $35 billion in ABF assets under management and a team of approximately 35 dedicated ABF investment professionals globally.