Overview of Apollo
Since its founding in 1990, Apollo has grown to become one of the world's largest alternative investment managers. As of December 31, 2013, Apollo had total assets under management of approximately $161 billion, with a team of 710 employees located in nine offices around the world. For more information about Apollo, you can visit the company's website at www.agm.com.
Apollo attributes its success to the following key competitive strengths:
- its investment process and approach to investing, which incorporates the flexibility to invest throughout market cycles and across the capital structure, a deep industry expertise and focus on complex transactions, an investment edge which creates proprietary investment opportunities, and a collaboration with portfolio company management teams;
- its integrated business model which combines the strength of its private equity, credit-oriented capital markets, and real estate platforms;
- its long-standing investor relationships which include many of the world’s most prominent pension and endowment funds, financial institutions and individuals;
- its long-term capital base;
- its strong management team and reputation; and
- its alignment of interests with investors in its funds and shareholders.
Apollo operates its businesses in an integrated manner, which it believes distinguishes it from other alternative asset managers. Apollo's investment professionals frequently collaborate across disciplines including market insight, management, banking and consultant contacts as well as potential investment opportunities, which contributes to its library of industry knowledge and enables Apollo to invest successfully across a company’s capital structure. The integrated Apollo platform and the experience of its investment team has enabled it to deliver strong long-term investment performance in its funds throughout a range of economic cycles.
Apollo's investment approach is value-oriented, focusing on industries in which it has considerable knowledge, and emphasizing downside protection and the preservation of capital. Apollo is frequently contrarian in its investment approach, which is reflected in a number of ways, including:
- Apollo's willingness to invest in industries that its competitors typically avoid;
- the often complex structures Apollo employs in some of its investments, including a willingness to pursue difficult corporate carve-out transactions;
- its experience investing during periods of uncertainty or distress in the economy or financial markets;
- its orientation towards sole-sponsored transactions; and
- its willingness to undertake transactions that have substantial business, regulatory or legal complexity.
Apollo has successfully applied this investment philosophy since its founding, allowing it to identify what it believes to be attractive investment opportunities, deploy capital across the balance sheet of industry leading businesses, and create value for Apollo's investors throughout economic cycles.
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