The alternative investment market in Asia is set to experience explosive growth in the coming years, with private capital assets under management (AUM) on course to reach $6tn by 2025.
This is according to the first ever comprehensive ‘Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific’ report published by Preqin, the global leader in alternative assets data, tools and insights.
Details of the Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific report
The report also indicates that APAC based private capital (excluding hedge funds) dry powder held by fund managers sits at $446bn as of April 2021 from $416bn in December 2020.
The majority (77%) of this capital ready for deployment is held by private equity and venture capital fund managers in the region, followed by real estate (10%).
Private capital is playing an increasing role in asset allocations across Asia-Pacific, as demand to access this fast growing and diverse region remains robust.
Asia-Pacific-focused private capital AUM has already expanded almost sixfold over the past decade, reaching $1.71tn in September 2020, with $133bn raised during 2020 alone.
With $156bn in APAC hedge funds as of Q4 2020, the region is approaching the $2tn mark.
According to Preqin forecasts, Asia-focused private capital AUM will grow at a world beating compound annual growth rate of 28.3% from 2020 until 2025.
A key driver behind the growth of the alternatives industry in Asia-Pacific is venture capital, with AUM of $574bn held by fund managers in the region as of September 2020.
Almost 36% of total Asia Pacific-based private capital assets under management are held by venture capital funds — the most prominent strategy in the region.
Hedge funds have faced more difficulties: New fund launches in the region — a key barometer of industry health — tumbled over 20% in 2020 to 117 on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic.
AUM growth is being seen across Asia-Pacific, with Greater China’s private equity and venture capital industry maturing fast, with an AUM of more than $1.04tn.
This equates to more than 13% globally and 61% of capital targeting the APAC region.
By opening up their innovation ecosystems to global capital and talent and encouraging domestic start-ups to go global, Japan and South Korea are gaining global prominence.
Despite significant growth, navigating Asia-Pacific’s private capital market remains complex. While many uncertainties remain, the industry has learned to play the long game.
As the search for global diversification and return-enhancement intensifies, we expect investors to support the expansion of the alternatives industry in this fast-maturing region.
“Investor demand to access this fast-growing and diverse region remains robust, while structural challenges to deploy capital are easing. The dawn of the Asian Age or the re-emergence of the region’s economic dominance on the world stage has been awaited.”
Highlights of the Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific report
- $14bn total dry powder held by Australia-focused private equity & venture capital firms at the end of H1 2020, a new record.
- 20% increase in total capital raised by Australia-focused private capital funds in 2020 compared with 2019.
- Venture capital remains the dominant private equity strategy inGreater China with 46% of total AUM as of September 2020.
- As of September 2020, PEVC funds based in Greater China had combined AUM of over $1.04tn.
- Japan-based private equity AUM focused on buyouts reached $22bn, double the total of five years ago.
- Dry powder as of September 2020 stood at $24bn for Japan-focused private equity and venture capital funds combined, up 40% from the previous December.
- South Korea private equity AUM has been driven to a record $102bn as of September 2020.
- South Korea-focused buyout funds raised a record $17bn in 2020.
- ASEAN-focused PEVC industry assets under management (AUM) stood at a record $33bn as of September 2020, almost doubling in five years.
- In 2020, ASEAN saw the completion of 400 venture transactions valued at a combined $8.2bn.