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TAMPA, Fla., June 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Osceola Capital (“Osceola“), a lower middle-market private equity firm today announced the final closing of Osceola Fund I (“the Fund”). The Fund was oversubscribed, closing at its hard cap of $125 million, surpassing its original target of $100 million. Osceola secured commitments from a diversified, institutional limited partner base that includes leading global public pension plans, financial institutions, a university endowment, family offices, and several high net worth investors.
Managing Partner Michael Babb said, “We want to thank our investors for their tremendous support. It is exciting to partner with a top tier collection of institutions, family offices, and individual investors and we look forward to continuing to execute our strategy on their behalf.”
An earlier first close allowed Osceola to begin deploying capital and building out its team. Since then, the fund has made investments accounting for $40 million of capital across the facility & industrial, healthcare, tech-enabled, and business services sectors.
“We are very enthusiastic about the existing portfolio and are pleased that the successful fundraise enables us to continue actively pursuing opportunistic investments and working collaboratively with management teams to create value for each stakeholder,” said Managing Partner, Ben Moe.
Will Newbrander, a Director at Osceola, addressed closing the fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic saying, “The Fund’s portfolio is very well positioned for the current macro environment and we believe that staying true to our strategy of paying appropriate multiples, utilizing light leverage, and carefully selecting industries with recession resilient qualities will reward Osceola’s investors.”
DLA Piper served as legal counsel for the Osceola Fund I fundraise.