[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the May 2020 edition of Oil and Gas Investor. Subscribe to the magazine here.]  

Private-equity sponsor Tailwater Capital LLC tied up a fourth fund in what otherwise has been a largely barren landscape for capital raising. Its Tailwater Energy Fund IV LP, focused on midstream infrastructure investments, raised $1.1 billion in capital commitments, including a co-investment in one of its portfolio companies.

Based in Dallas, Tailwater said it would target opportunities “across the midstream value chain from the wellhead to the refinery gates.” Jason Downie, co-founder of Tailwater with Edward Herring, said that as it puts capital to work in a “strategic and patient way,” it expects to see “some of the most compelling buying opportunities we have come across in many years.”

Tailwater said it had a total of over $1.3 billion of dry powder. The company noted it had backed management teams operating in all the core onshore basins in the U.S. Since its founding in 2013, it has raised over $3.7 billion and executed more than 100 transactions representing over $20 billion in value. Its prior Tailwater Energy Fund III raised $1 billion and has committed capital to six portfolio companies.

“Having invested through multiple cycles, we are confident private equity will play a critical role in solving the prevailing capital constraints of the energy industry,” said Downie.

A midstream funding was also announced by EnCap Flatrock Midstream, which made a $500 million commitment to Tatanka Midstream LLC. Headquartered in San Antonio, Tatanka is focused on creating value by improving operations, maintenance and overall efficiency of acquired businesses and building highly competitive assets that serve changing energy needs.

Tatanka is led by three industry veterans: CEO Keith Casey, president Nate Weeks and CFO Carlos Mata. Collectively, they have more than 75 years of experience in the midstream and downstream sectors.

Earlier, EnCap Flatrock Midstream made a capital commitment of $400 million to Edgewater Midstream LLC. Edgewater was formed to provide independent midstream logistics solutions to refiners, producers and marketers of crude oil, refined products and other bulk liquids.

Edgewater’s three founders are CEO Stephen Smith, COO Mike Truby and chief commercial officer Brian Thomason.


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