Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana Backs Five New Funds

By David G. Barry

The Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana (TRSL) is adding three credit funds, a real estate fund and a private equity fund to its portfolio.

The $24.3 billion pension fund got the OK at its October board meeting to invest up to $325 million in the five funds.

The largest allocation was $125 million to ICG North America Credit Partners III, L.P. Also on the credit side, TRSL committed up to $25 million to both OHA Strategic Credit Fund III, L.P. and HPS Strategic Investment Partners V, L.P.

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OHA Strategic Credit is a global distressed debt fund. According to information given to TRSL earlier this year, the fund has a $3 billion target. At its September meeting, TRSL committed $150 million to two other distress funds. One of those was another HPS fund, HPS Special Situations Opportunity Fund II, L.P., in which it invested $125 million. It also deployed $25 million in Ares Special Opportunities Fund II, L.P.

According to published reports, HPS is seeking to raise $9.5 billion for HPS Strategic Investment Partners V. The fund invests in junior debt in North American and European companies.

Also at the October meeting, TRSL committed up to $75 million to both FCP Realty Fund VI, L.P. and to a private equity fund from J.F. Lehman, JFL Equity Investors VI, L.P.

FCP, which focuses on multifamily and commercial property opportunities in the United States, closed its fifth fund a year ago at $1.188 billion.

As of June 30, alternative assets – including private equity and credit – and real estate accounted for nearly a half of its portfolio at 48.9%.

The system is in the midst of an aggressive effort to add to its portfolio during the 2022-23 fiscal year, targeting $2.9 billion to $3.9 billion. Since July 1, the board has approved $925 million in commitments.
TRSL generated a negative 7.7% return for the fiscal year ended June 30, beating its benchmark of negative 11%.