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KKR earnings call for the period ending October 30, 2021.

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KKR & Co inc (KKR 0.33%)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 2, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by. Welcome to KKR's Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] I will now hand the call over to Craig Larson, Head of Investor Relations for KKR. Please go ahead.

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Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you, operator. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to our third quarter 2021 earnings call. I'm joined this morning by Scott Nuttall, our Co-CEO; and by Rob Lewin, our CFO.

We would like to remind everyone that we'll refer to non-GAAP measures on the call, which are reconciled to GAAP figures in our press release, which is available on the Investor Center section at KKR.com. And as a reminder, we report our segment numbers on an adjusted share basis. This call will contain forward-looking statements, which do not guarantee future events or performance. Please refer to our SEC filings and our earnings release for cautionary factors related to these statements.

Now, turning to our results. We're pleased to be reporting another very strong quarter, with fee related earnings per share of $0.60 and after-tax distributable earnings of $1.05 per share. Both of these figures are as high as we've ever reported. Building on the success we've had in fundraising, management fees increased 16% from just last quarter. And management fees are up over 50% since the third quarter of 2020 to $559 million. This growth is the key driver behind the 60% increase in our fee related earnings per share, that you see, on a year-over-year basis. Book value per share for the quarter came in at $28.06, up 38% from one year ago.

And turning to fundraising, we continue to have a great deal of momentum. New capital raised in the quarter totaled $28 billion organically, bringing the year-to-date figure to $102 billion. Last year, in 2020, for the full year, we raised $44 billion, and that, was a record year for KKR. So, over the first nine months of 2021, we've raised over 2 times what we raised for all of last year, and that's with an active pipeline of fundraising initiatives as we look forward. Focusing on the $28 billion raised in the third quarter, we highlight two things.

First, in private markets, 40% of the capital raised in the quarter came from our real estate business. We held the final close of our Americas real estate fund, REPA-III is more than 2 times larger than its predecessor. And totally, [Technical Issue] across the real estate platform now totals $36 billion. And Global Atlantic was particularly active with block activity helping at $14 billion of new capital, largely in public markets.

And alongside all of this fundraising, we're finding interesting opportunities to invest. We deployed a record $15 billion in the private market strategies into the quarter, as well as $10 billion in public markets. This brings our total deployment for the quarter to a record $24 billion, and on a year-to-date basis to $50 billion. One of the key drivers here is the continued scaling of our infrastructure and real estate platforms. Year-to-date, real assets deployment is a little more than half of total deployment in private markets. If we look back, in 2020, real assets comprised 25% of private markets deployment. So, as real assets deployment is scaling, private markets deployment is increasing and is becoming more diversified.

And in public markets, the scale of our credit platform grew meaningfully before the Global Atlantic acquisition, and that growth has continued after GA. So, similarly, you're seeing a step-up in deployment here, with the increase driven by both direct corporate origination, as well as an asset based finance. To give you a sense, last year, total private and opportunistic credit deployment was a little over $10 billion. Through the first nine months of 2021, that has increased to $23 billion. So, deployment has more than doubled and we're only nine months into the year.

Now, I'll turn the call over to Rob to walk you through some additional details. Rob?

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks a lot, Craig. Just as we continue to see strength in the fundraising and deployment front, our funds continue to generate really strong relative investment performance. Our flagship private equity funds, increased by 11% in the quarter and 79% over the LTM period, while the entire PE portfolio appreciated 9% and 52% respectively. In real assets, our opportunistic real estate funds increased by 14% in the quarter and 29% over the LTM. Infrastructure continues to perform really well up for [Phonetic] in the quarter and 19% over the last 12 months. And on the public market side, our leveraged and alternative credit funds increased by 1.2% [Technical Issue] in the quarter respectively, with continued performance over the LTM, up 11% and 26%.

The combination of strong investment performance, as well as the capital raising that Craig just went through, has yielded a really robust acceleration of our AUM, which now totals 459 billion, and our fee-paying AUM is 349 billion, that's up 7% and 9% respectively versus just last quarter. When comparing our AUM and fee-paying AUM relative to this time last year, they're both up close to 100%. And importantly, much of this AUM is now either perpetual capital or in long dated partnerships. Just nine months ago, this number was $55 billion. It's now 205 billion, out of our almost 460 billion of AUM. You can see this growth and the transformational change in the composition of our AUM on page 16 of the earnings release.

And finally, as it relates to our capital base. We currently have 38 billion of committed capital that comes online and becomes fee paying, at a weighted average rate of over 100 basis points, when the capital is either invested or enters its investment period.

Now, turning to our quarterly P&L, our management fees increased over 50% this quarter versus the same time last year. As we signaled on last quarter's call, management fee growth was driven by a combination of new capital raised and various newer funds hitting their run rate. Net transaction and monitoring fees were primarily driven by our Capital Markets franchise, which saw continued strength this quarter and were up 20% versus the same quarter in 2020. And over the last 12 months, our capital markets transaction fees have totaled 720 million, which is 42% higher than the average during the 2018 to 2020 time period.

The growth in the platform is stemming from many of the expansion areas that we touched on at our April Investor Day, including our build out of real asset, core PE and third-party coverage, which have all generated meaningful market share gains. We remain really constructive around the future growth of this business. This all brings us to fee related earnings of $530 million for the quarter, which is up 63% versus Q3 2020. On a per share basis, our FRE is $2.02 over the last 12 months.

Moving on to realizations. Realized performance income came in at $433 million for the quarter, driven by Exits [Phonetic] and Bountiful, Ingersoll Rand, and Academy. Realized investment income totaled $448 million for the quarter, driven by additional exits in Mr. Cooper and Flutter. Even with these very strong monetization figures, we are still seeing healthy gains in both our unrealized carried interest and the embedded gains from our balance sheet investments. Gross unrealized carried interest increased to $8.5 billion, while our embedded gains on investments increased to $7.1 billion. That's almost $16 billion of embedded revenue, which has grown over 70% since the start of the year. And that's all happened while we've been generating record levels of realizations.

Coming back to our P&L, our Asset Management operating earnings were a bit north of $1 billion for the quarter, which is up 80% from the same quarter last year. And our Insurance segment operating earnings totaled $115 million, largely driven by strong core operating performance at Global Atlantic, together with the sale of two strategic investments that helped bolster net investment income. In total, our after-tax distributable earnings per share came in at $1.05 for the quarter, and $3.47 for the LTM period, both numbers up 100% and 79% respectively versus the prior year period.

Turning to our balance sheet. Book value per share came in at $28.06, which is up 38% year-over-year, driven primarily by strong investment performance. It's worth noting, that our results for this quarter includes an $0.80 increase to our deferred tax liability, associated with the corporate reorganization that we announced last month and that we expect to close next year.

In summary, we are really doing all the things that matter most for our business to perform at a high level and to ensure that we're set up well for the future. We keep coming back to these five things and really do believe we are optimizing for outcomes across the board. Number one, we are sourcing unique investment opportunities in which to put our capital to work. Our year-to-date deployment is up 2.5 times. Our investment performance has been exceptionally strong, both on an absolute basis and relative to many of our peers. Because of this performance, our monetization opportunities have been abundant, and we have delivered substantial distributions to our clients and record levels of monetizations for our shareholders. And these first three points, all enable us to have the fundraising successes we have achieved. A 100 plus billion of year-to-date flows is the proof point, and this sets us up incredibly well for the future.

And finally, we have conviction that our business model allows us to generate greater financial outcomes. And I think you're clearly seeing that flow through our P&L. We have also talked on these calls and on Investor Days about inflection points. Our overall business has seen a fundamental shift, an inflection point, in its operating level. Beyond our distributable earnings being up approximately 2 times since this time last year, all of our forward indicators are in the best shape they have ever been in. AUM is up 2 times, year-to-date fundraising is up 3 times, and the embedded gains in our balance sheet have increased by approximately 300% and just the last year. We really couldn't be any more excited about the future.

And with that, let me turn it over to Scott.

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Rob, and thank you everyone for joining our call today. Craig and Rob did a nice job walking through our numbers, which were strong again this quarter. So, I'm going to spend my time on a few strategic areas of focus, and give you our sense for how we're progressing. The first is perpetual and long dated strategic capital. As you know, we are big believers in the power of compounding, in all aspects of our business, including AUM. The more capital we can attract, that is perpetual or recycles, the faster we expect our AUM will scale and compound over the long term. A year ago, perpetual and strategic capital was $49 billion, 21% of our total AUM. Today, that number is $205 billion or 45%, 49 billion to $205 billion in one year. So, we've seen over a 4 times increase in 12 months, and we are nowhere near done. We have a lot of new ideas and efforts to generate even more perpetual capital going forward.

The second big strategic focus area is insurance. As you know, Global Atlantic advances materially in this area. GA assets have grown from $75 billion a year ago to $120 billion at the end of Q3, a 60% increase. In addition, we have seen our AUM from third-party insurance clients increase from $33 billion a year ago to $48 billion today. An increase of 45%. Putting GA and third party together, our Insurance AUM has grown from $108 billion of pro forma for GA to $167 billion in a year, or an increase of 55%. While we're pleased with the progress, keep in mind, we only closed the GA deal in February of this year, and see a lot more opportunity for significant growth in insurance.

The third area of focus is Private Wealth. As you know, individual investors have been 10% to 20% of the capital we've raised the last few years. We believe that with the investments we are making, combined with our brand and performance, that number will ramp to 30% to 50% of the capital we raised over the next several years. We are investing in sales, marketing, data and digital talent, and we are creating more democratize products that are relevant for a wide number of individual investors. This is a big opportunity for us, and we think we're incredibly well positioned.

Long story short, the Q3 numbers are strong, but they tell only a small part of the story of what's happening at the firm. These initiatives and others, give us confidence we can more than double KKR again over the next five or so years, including our fee related earnings, where we see a clear path from the $2 of FRE per share we've achieved over the last 12 months to an excess of $4 over that timeframe. So, while recent growth has been exciting, we see a lot more ahead.

And with that, we're happy to take your questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. And our first question comes from the line of Alex Blostein with Goldman Sachs. Please proceed with your question.

Alex Blostein -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Great. Good morning, guys. Thanks. Thanks for taking the question. So, maybe we'll pick up, Scott, on where you left off with doubling the business again and growing FRE to north of $4 a share. As you go through the kind of key initiatives that you outlined, whether it's perpetual capital insurance or private wealth, can we zone in on private wealth, just maybe a little bit more. As you think about the ramp to 30% to 50% of kind of flows from that channel, what is sort of the key product and maybe key distribution partnerships that you're considering? Obviously, we have crossed [Phonetic] out there. So, would be good to get an update on that. But how else are you thinking about tackling this part of the market?

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Hey, Alex, it's Craig. Thanks for asking. Taking a step back, we think the opportunity within private wealth to introduce tailored democratize products really is massive, and we think we're incredibly well positioned now to review. We have three broad solutions that are on multiple platforms, as well as bespoke solutions that are tailored for individual platforms, and in total, we raised about $2 billion year-to-date. So, we're raising a couple of hundred million a month. So, we're pleased with our first steps here. We're just getting started as you know, and we're focused on ramping. So, I thought maybe it makes sense to touch on democratize parts. Initially, as it relates to, broadly to the ramping and the momentum that we have. Scott or Rob, do you want to add on?

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, just a couple of things I'd add, Alex. Appreciate the question. As Craig mentioned, today, the products that we have, we put in this democratized category focus on credit, real estate, private equity, and we have a number of others that we're working on across different asset classes. In addition to those that I'd put more in the kind of 40 act, fully democratized zone, we also have a number of our funds that we actually sell through private wealth platforms, which is another big contributor.

And in the past, as I mentioned, it's been about 10% to 20% of the total money we've raised, has been from that individual investor channel broadly defined. I think what Craig mentioned is really critical though. It is still early. We see a lot of upside here. That's why we're guiding you that we think that 10% to 20% number will move up to 30% to 50% over time. And it's an area for us where we see a significant amount of growth ahead. In addition to building our own team, which we continue to expand and invest in, and we are creating partnerships to your point, with external managers. We'll have more to share with you on that front over time, but we're creating partnerships with wealth platforms around the world, in addition to building our own team.

Alex Blostein -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Great. Thanks very much.

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question comes from the line of Bill Katz with Citigroup. Please see with your questions.

Bill Katz -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Okay. And thank you very much for taking the questions. And congrats, Scott, on the promotion. Just coming back to maybe your commentary, and I think you embedded in part of Alex's question, but can you expand a little bit on lot more to do yet on perpetual capital, is that just retail or are there other opportunities out there to continue to scale that more annuitized business opportunity?

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Happy to, Bill, and appreciate the kind words. I think we see it across a number of different aspects of our business. There is the institutional channel, I think there's a lot of focus, lately for good reason, on private wealth, but we're continuing to invest in the build out of our institutional capabilities as well. So, we've seen a 40% increase just as an example there in headcount focused on institutional fundraising. So, I think you're going to see it institutionally where we're continuing to talk to partners about long dated partnerships, some with recycling. So, that's going to be part of the answer to your question. Part, of course, will be what we just talked about in terms of private wealth and the Individual Investor. Part of it will be growing in insurance where we see opportunities all around the world.

And then, we're working on new structures and new designs where we could actually elongate our -- the duration of our capital base even further to a variety of different channels. So, a bunch of different opportunities all across the world, and I think you'll continue to hear us talk about those going forward. So, the $49 billion to $205 billion is great progress, but we expect to continue to make real progress here going forward.

Bill Katz -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Okay, thanks. Just a quick follow-up for, Rob. So, appreciate the sort of the broad guidance of on pace to sort of double FRE over the next few years, but it seems like your management fees are pacing even more quickly than maybe the last set of guidance, can you sort of level set as to where we are in terms of pacing to the previous goal? And then, how -- against ongoing capital raising, how that might play through to 2022? Thank you.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, sure, Bill. Thanks for the question. I think in retrospect, I think it's fair that some of the historical guidance we gave over the last 6 months to 12 months is on the conservative side. But at the same time, if you look, our business has so much more momentum today than it did even 6 months or 12 months ago. And you could look at how we're performing in our different fundraisers globally, all, or pretty much all are well ahead of expectations. The assets we have from Global Atlantic are far ahead of where we expected them to be. The momentum in our Capital Markets business is good as it's ever been. And the last piece of it is on fees, but I think, also, really pertinent to the discussion of growth going forward is we now [Technical Issue] 16 billion of unrealized revenue or close to that on our balance sheet.

And so, if you come back to your question around where growth can go from here, I think we should pause on $100 billion of capital that we've raised year-to-date. If you think about it, only very small percentage of the revenue and economics that we expect from this capital has hit our P&L so far in 2021. The vast majority of it is going to be in 2022 and beyond. And the other neat point on 100 billion of AUM that we've raised is that 50% of it has come from strategies that we weren't even in five years ago. So, the ability to scale from there on that piece of the capital base, we think is very real as well.

So, maybe bringing that back full circle to where you were going and what we expect of ourselves. While our earnings base today is at a higher level than we expected. 6 months to12 months ago, as Scott mentioned earlier, we still have every expectation that if we execute really well going forward that we can more than double our FRE off at this higher base. And likewise, looking at the full picture of our P&L, even after the higher distributable earnings number, that 350 or so that we've delivered over the LTM period, I also think we've got clear line of sight in that same period of time, that strong execution to double that to 7 plus dollars. And so, hopefully that gives you a broader picture for how we're thinking about growth across the platform, Bill.

Bill Katz -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Okay, thank you both.

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question is from the line of Glenn Schorr with Evercore. Please proceed with your questions.

Glenn Schorr -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Hi, thank you. One quick one, there is a transaction or two in the secondary space lately, it feels like a strategic need for as great as you're doing, you can do greater, curious on what your plans are at this 0.4 organic versus inorganic build in that area? Thank you.

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thanks for the question, Glenn. Nothing new to report today. We continue to assess whether there is someone that we could partner with or buy all or a meaningful portion of, or whether we should build our own. As we've talked about in the past, the secondary and co-invest space is adjacent to a lot of what we do. It's something we think we could be a value-added partner with somebody or build something truly distinctive. So, it's not a have-to-do, but it is something that we continue to spend time on. Nothing new to share with you today, however, but we're continuing to spend there.

Glenn Schorr -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Okay. We can follow up on, you teased us in the past with a comment about the Asia franchise at some point being as big as the Americas, maybe you could break down a little bit more in terms of retail, institutional and which asset classes might be -- what might we expect to see have more growth in the next couple of years as opposed to the someday. Thanks a lot.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, hi, Glenn. It's Rob. Clearly, we've got a first rate private equity franchise in Asia, a $15 billion funds, that's probably somewhere around close to double the size of our next biggest competitor in the region. The growth opportunity from here continues to be in private equity. We think it's still very much an under-addressed private equity alternatives market, but really it's the marriage between the best in class teams we have across eight offices in Asia and what we're doing in the private equity side with the global capabilities that we're building up in areas like real estate, infrastructure, credit, growth equity, what we're doing in capital markets.

We think the marriage of those two things with our market leading position, will create a bunch of growth going forward for us in that part of the world where we've got a real competitive advantage and think a real note around the business franchise that we've built so far. And for our competitors to catch up, requires a lot of investment. So, we feel really good about how we're situated. And we continue to believe that over time, our Asia-Pac business can be as big as our US business, one day.

Glenn Schorr -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Thanks, Rob.

Operator

Our next question is from the line of Robert Lee with KBW. Please proceed with your question.

Robert Lee -- KBW -- Analyst

Great. Good morning. Thanks for taking my questions. And Scott, also, congrats on the promotion. This really maybe is a little bit of on riff on Glenn's question. But obviously, as he mentioned, there's a lot of action in the secondaries market, lot of M&A, but you've talked about your CPS business as being a replacement for that. Could you maybe update us on that initiative and how you see that kind of progressing as maybe replacement for a secondaries or fund of funds business?

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Sure happy to take. Happy to take it, Rob, and thanks for the congrats. Yes. So, CPs, and we haven't talked about it in a while, but it stands for customized portfolio solutions. So, this is a team and a business that we've built on the back of the observation that a number of institutional investors were trying to get exposure to private equity, in particular, but did not have a big team to get after that and wanted, a bit of an outsourced solution and partner to try to build a more diversified pool of private equity exposures. And so, the team has built the business, which has a combination of KKR, funds and co-invest And third party, we think best in class private equity partners also investing in their funds and looking at their co-invest. And so, the business has continued to perform really quite nicely. It's now about $6 billion of AUM and has been quietly a top quartile performer. And we'll continue to scale that business and we're getting more traction with investors around the world. So. it's an opportunity for upside and a real nice performer for us that we think will continue to get bigger over time and we'll keep you posted.

Robert Lee -- KBW -- Analyst

Great. And then, maybe as a follow-up, going to the inevitable question, I guess on capital management. So, I mean, you've got a huge amount of embedded gains on the balance sheet from your own investments, and accrued carry businesses growing at a high rate. Is there or do you think about quality tipping point where, hey, we've got enough kind of cash generation that we can more than amply fulfill our capital needs and growth requirements and maybe start shifting toward somewhat greater return of capital, whether it's a little bit higher dividend payout or share buyback or something, if you like, that tipping point may be approaching the next couple of years?

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I'll start off, Rob, and I'm sure Scott will jump in as well. I think the most important thing to any capital allocation framework, it is to make sure that you're consistent, and our approach to capital allocation has always been very much ROE based. And so, we're always going to start that with what's an appropriate level of capital return to our shareholders, and balancing that with investing back into KKR growth, assuming that it's able to achieve compelling ROE.

So, let's take those in order. We've said that we will continue to evaluate our dividend policy on an annual basis, we'll do that in Q1 next year, but what we've said is we look to grow that consistently over time. We want to continue to be a buyer of KKR stock. We feel really good about our body of work here. Over the last five years to six years, we've repurchased or retired close to 80 million shares, that's almost 10% of our outstanding shares today, close to 15% of our free float. We look to continue to do that going forward. And we're going to look to invest back into KKR for growth.

And I do think, one of the areas of core competency that we do have is to be able to move capital around to the highest ROE opportunity, and we're not finding that inside of the KKR platform. Then we certainly evaluate greater returns of capital to shareholders through one of the first two buckets. That's really how we're going to approach it. And I think probably the most important point of any here is we do this in a really aligned way, the KKR employees are, as it is the largest shareholder in KKR. And so, as we think about how to allocate our capital base, obviously the mindset there comes from a very aligned perspective.

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yes, the only thing I would add is the balance sheet, if you really step back and look at how we've used it, has allowed us to grow our fee related earnings a lot faster, whether it's seeding new businesses. And as a reminder, 10 years ago we were in six investing businesses, and now we're in 28, the balance sheet has clearly accelerated the growth of what we're trying to do in terms of the organic build. Our Capital Markets business, as you know, we operate in a capital-light model, but we've used the balance sheet to be able to scale the growth of capital markets in a meaningful way. And perhaps, even more powerfully, M&A. If you think about Marshall waste and our partnership there, if you think about Global Atlantic, we've been able to use the balance sheet to really convert balance sheet earnings into fee related earnings and TDE. And so, we view it, Rob, as a strategic weapon. So, you'll continue to see us use it that way and think of it that way. And then, to Rob's point, we'll continue to reassess the dividend level and buybacks and try to get the balances right. We can -- the vantage point being the largest shareholder.

Robert Lee -- KBW -- Analyst

Great. Thank you so much for taking my questions.

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question is from the line of Brian Bedell with Deutsche Bank. Please proceed with your questions. Great. Thanks. Good morning, folks. Also, congrats Scott. Just maybe going back to the fundraising, obviously, we're way ahead of schedule here compared with your Investor Day, and just wanted to get a sense of, for 2022, as we move into that year, is it even possible for that to be as successful on a fundraising standpoint versus '21, if we ignore insurance blocks and what would be some of the drivers given you've raised your flag -- a couple of your flagship already?

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Brian, it's Craig. Why don't I start. Thanks for the question. We don't have any updated fundraising guidance for 2022, but let me try and help frame things. I think really what you're seeing in this quarter is kind of interesting in this way, is what you're seeing is the continued scaling of businesses and the increased diversification across the firm. Seven or eight years ago, if we reported one of the strongest fundraising quarters in our history, it would have meant we had a big fundraising event in private equity.

And so, today we are reporting an excellent new capital raised figure, new capital raised in Q3 is the second highest quarterly figure we've reported in our history, and over 90% of that is coming from strategies outside of traditional private equity. So, in private market, half the capital was raised in infrastructure and real estate, as we talked about it. We've all these new initiatives, as Rob had mentioned, 50% of the capital year-to-date, being raised from areas that didn't even exist within the framework of the firm five years ago.

And Global Atlantic, as you mentioned again, AUM meaningfully above where we would have ever expected it would have been at the time of announcement. And when you think of huge addressable market opportunities like we've touched on with these to market size products, that's all on the come. So, we don't have an updated figure for next year, but it's just continues to feel like there is real momentum and we're really well positioned, which is exciting.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, the only thing I'd add, Brian, is look, as Craig said, we've got a lot of different ways to win now that the firms really scaling [Technical Issue] and buying. Last time, I counted out what we have coming to market in the next 12 to 18 months, it's something like 27 different line items. So, there is lots of different products in the market and that's away from Global Atlantic.

Brian Bedell -- Deustche Bank -- Analyst

Yes, that's -- it's incredibly powerful. But maybe as we think about that march toward $4 of FRE, if you could comment on a couple areas in addition to your traditional ones, and that being the, on the retail side, that moves into 30% to 50%. Do you see that as an incrementally positive growth driver to that FRE target, over and above what your traditional plan is in the institutional channels? And then, I guess through the same question, the Capital Markets business, I mean, that's had -- moves up and down, of course, but it's had some pretty good secular growth, is that also a substantial component to that $4?

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

I don't think it's any more substantial than it would be today on the second question. And on the first question, look, I think the opportunities we see in private wealth give us that much more confidence that it's in excess of $4 in five or so years. And I think the in excess of is something you should focus on and we'll try to better than $4. But I think retail private wealth opportunity gives us even more confidence. We have an opportunity to continue to outperform expectations.

Brian Bedell -- Deustche Bank -- Analyst

Great. Thank you.

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Our next question is from the line of Gerry O'Hara with Jefferies. Please proceed with your question.

Gerry O'Hara -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Thanks. Seeing obviously the three block transactions in the quarter is encouraging, but perhaps you could give us just a little bit of sense on what the kind of competitive dynamics are within that insurance and annuity business from year-end?

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Gerry. It's Scott. Look, it is a competitive environment. And we see -- we have competition across everything that we do. We have a lot of smart competitors. They tend to be responsible smart competitors. And so, we've been able to pick our spots and lean in on opportunities where we think we have a clear competitive advantage. And we've been really pleased with the progress we've been able to make. As I mentioned in the past, one of the key reasons that we wanted to create the partnership with Global Atlantic is the strength of the management team. And they have really built really nice relationships all around the world with different counterparties and that's allowed us to lean into these blocks. And so, yes, there has been a significant flow of block activity. We expect it will continue. We expect it will be competitive and we expect it will continue to win our share.

Gerry O'Hara -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Fair enough. And perhaps one for, Rob, I know we're still kind of early days here in the fourth quarter, but if you might be able to give us any sort of update or line of sight into 4Q monetization activity, that would, as always be appreciated. Thank you.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, no problem, Gerry. You're right, we're early in the quarter, but we already have really good visibility into Q4 and it's at record levels, I think the monetization activity and we will turn it into revenue. So, as of now, that figure is north of $1 billion. So, that's collectively across both our performance and investment income. As a reminder, this is going to be from deals that are either already closed today or have been signed up and we expect to close in Q4. I'd also note that for this quarter for Q4, this figure also includes revenue from incentive fees that have already been booked through our hedge fund partnerships.

In terms of how that breaks down from a split perspective, so you could think about flow through to profitability, I'd say it's probably slightly weighted toward carried interest right now relative to both investment income, as well as the performance income that comes from our hedge fund partnerships. If you recall, the latter has the same 10% to 20% comp load as our investment income. So, hopefully, that gives you a flavor of what's ahead in Q4. But again, another strong monetization quarter for us.

Gerry O'Hara -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for taking my questions.

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Next question is coming from the line of Devin Ryan with JMP Securities. Please proceed with your question.

Devin Ryan -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Hi, thanks. This is Brian McKenna for Devin. So, just a follow-up on realization activity. So, you have about $5 billion of net unrealized carried interest and $7 billion of embedded gains on the balance sheet. So, assuming the capital markets remain open and business trends continue to be healthy, how quickly do you think you can work through this pipeline to realizations over time?

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Hi, Brian. It's a good question, obviously. And we're going to be balanced. And what you've seen so far in 2021 is, well, we've had record levels -- year-to-date, I believe our monetizations, and our revenue per monetizations are better than any year we've had for a full year. And even through that period of time, we've still grown our embedded gains and unrealized gains in our balance sheet. I think that comes from investment performance. So, we can continue to generate strong investment performance in the future, which we feel good about, especially given the portfolio construction that we have in place. We think we'll continue to be able to generate healthy levels of monetizations and keep the pipeline for future years in place. But obviously, a lot comes down to execution, and it's really hard to forecast from here. But I think if you look back at our -- really 2020, even in a volatile period of time, in 2021, you've seen a consistent level of monetizations, even as our unrealized gains and embedded gains in our balance sheet have grown.

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

The only thing I would add, Brian, is you heard Rob reference before, that in addition to kind of having confidence, we can at least double fee related earnings in the next five or so years. We think we can do the same with distributable earnings per share. And obviously, having the line of sight that we do in terms of embedded value in both carry and balance sheet gains is part of the reason we have that confidence. But to Rob's point, we'll continue to monetize and hopefully we'll continue to replenish with other unrealized gains and other investments perform.

Devin Ryan -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Great. Thanks. And then, just on the FRE margin that stepped up nicely in the quarter to about 65% from 62% in the first half of 2021. So, how should we think about the FRE margin moving forward, is that 65%, a good place to be?

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Brian, what we've talked about historically is probably a low '60s FRE margin. We were 61% last year, year-to-date, even with a solid Q3. We're about 63%. So, kind of in line with where we thought we'd be. We've also flagged as we intend to continue to invest [Technical Issue] across technology and distribution and marketing. And so, you could see our opex line ticking up a bit, but the goal going forward, over the next number of years, is to get a place where we're sustainably generating mid-60s types of FRE margins. But I think the guidance going forward, we will continue to be in that low 60% range. And hopefully, there'll be periods of time where that can go up and ultimately be in a place where we're more sustainably generating those types of margins that are in the mid '60s.

Devin Ryan -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Got it. Thanks, Rob.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Mike Cyprys with Morgan Stanley. Please proceed with your questions.

Michael Cyprys -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Hey, it's Mike Cyprys with Morgan Stanley. Thanks for taking the question. Just wanted to follow up on the private wealth opportunity, I was just hoping you could elaborate a little bit on the investments you're making in sales, marketing, distribution, digital distribution, if you could just elaborate a little bit on that? How large is the sales team today? Where do you think that can be over the next couple of years and how do you think about buy versus build versus rent?

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Michael. Scott. I'll take that. In terms of investment that we're making. First investment we're making is in the headcount. So, the team kind of probably18 plus months ago was probably around 10 people, it's now pushing 40. I would expect that number will likely triple or so, again, from here, over the relatively near-term. So, we'll continue to build the focus private wealth team out, including marketing. And that's kind of investment one. Investment two, will be in all things tech and operations, around making sure that we're able to service the private wealth client in a best-in-class way. So, we're continuing to make investments there. You heard Rob reference some investments we're going to continue to make in technology, some of that will be around this space. But those are the two predominant, in addition to what I talked about before, which is product development.

In terms of buy versus build versus rent, we are clearly building and we're doing some renting, as we sit here today. And we are, as part of our corporate development efforts, assessing whether there is anything that could make sense to buy. But right now, it is build and rent and create partnerships. And we'll let you know, if we find anything that we think is interesting enough to move into the by category.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Mike, just one quick thing to add on. As we think about headcount growth in that space or really across the firm, it's important to note that we would expect to be able to operate within our stated comp range on fees in the 20% to 25% range. And so, even with an increased heads, I wouldn't expect that to impact our margins.

Michael Cyprys -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Great, thanks for that. And just a follow-up, if I could, just around capital deployment. Clearly, very strong quarter, 8 billion deployed across infrastructure and real estate, in particular, I thought stood out, that's 24 billion or so in annualized pace there, just can you talk a little bit about the actions that you're taking to increase deployment capacity within your real assets business in terms of the actions you've taken to get to this level. And as you look out over the next couple of years, where would you like to see that deployment pace and capacity be in say [Phonetic] for your five years, and what are the actions you need to take in order for that to be materially higher from where it is today?

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Hey, Mike. It's Craig. Why don't I start and just give you some facts around deployment. And next, Scott will add-on as it relates to investments for tomorrow. And I'm glad you asked about it. Honestly, we probably haven't talked about deployment as in much detail as we should. As you know, we've continued to be really active. Year-to-date or in the quarter, $15 billion. Year-to-date, we're approaching $30 billion. So, when you look at that deployment figure through nine months, that's already meaningfully above where we were in 2020, and that was a record year for us. So, deployments been really healthy. I think a couple of thoughts on that first, relates back to that thought of diversification. And as you noted, again, the strength we've seen in real assets, with that amount in the quarter being pretty equally split between our real estate business and infrastructure. And if you contrast that with 2019 and 2020 again this quarter, those businesses were about 60% of deployment in private markets combined. They were about 25% in 2019 and 2020.

So, as those businesses have scaled, as we've entered new asset classes like Core. And again, it's interesting when you think of Core, real estate core, infrastructure, those end markets are larger in size than opportunistic. So, again that addressable market for us has been increasing. You're seeing that in deployment. Core PE had its actually most active deployment quarter for us in the year. So, all these businesses are growing and scaling and you're seeing that in terms of deployment. I think one other point that's just interesting as it relates to private equity, we're being disciplined. So, the level of activity is exceptionally high. There is a ton of flow. But really what you've seen in the numbers is we're being disciplined and we're drawing lines and really looking to pick our spots. So, despite the overall healthy amount of deployment, year-to-date private equity deployment is actually on pace to be below that in 2020. And in public markets, again, the credit platform is growing materially before GA continues to scale, post GA. So, that's driving a real step up in deployment. That's both in terms of corporate origination, as well as an asset based finance

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Yes, no, it's a great question, Mike. I mean, we do see a real opportunity to meaningfully expand the real estate and infrastructure platforms, both of those were more or less created over the course of last 10 years to 12 years. These are very large end markets. And if there is a significant amount of client interest in all things, real assets, if they have yield and inflation protection, which these asset classes do, you've got a real significant investor appetite right now.

It's probably five things I'd point to. One is, we're just regular way scaling of the more opportunistic strategies. So, if you think about it, it wasn't that long ago, we were an infrastructure. One, how that, a platform has scaled materially from $1 billion in teens [Phonetic] per fund. So, big opportunity as we continue to scale the opportunistic platform. And the same thing is true in real estate. You can see Repo 1 to Repo 3. But we also have a European real estate opportunistic strategy, same thing in Asia. So, real opportunity to just keep scaling those platforms regular way on the back of performance.

Second, would be what were doing in core. You know we have raised meaningful capital this year for Core Infrastructure and for Core Plus real estate, again, very large end markets. Those are performing well and scaling. Third is going global. A lot of what we've done started in the US, we're now expanding to Europe and Asia. So, you're going to see us have a Europe and Asia Core Plus real estate strategy. That's something that we'll continue to add to our suite of products as we continue to take these efforts Global and real assets. Fourth, would be selling to individuals. We talked about Crest a lot, but there is various other products that we're in the process of creating in other versions of real assets democratize for the individual investor.

And then, to Craig's good point, it's not just equity, it's also a big opportunity to continue to scale what we're doing in real estate credit. Global Atlantic has allowed us to meaningfully expand that business and we see more opportunities around the world, including in Europe, where we're going to start building a real estate credit platform there. So, long way of saying we agree with you. There's a lot of growth opportunity.

Michael Cyprys -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

Great. Thanks so much.

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. At this time, we've reached the end of the question-and-answer session. I'll turn the call back to management for closing remarks.

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Rob, thank you for your help. And everybody thank you for joining us. Please follow up with us directly with any follow-ups. Otherwise, we look forward to speaking with you next quarter. Thanks again.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 49 minutes

Call participants:

Craig Larson -- Head of Investor Relations

Robert Lewin -- Chief Financial Officer

Scott C. Nuttall -- Co-Chief Executive Officer

Alex Blostein -- Goldman Sachs -- Analyst

Bill Katz -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Glenn Schorr -- Evercore ISI -- Analyst

Robert Lee -- KBW -- Analyst

Brian Bedell -- Deustche Bank -- Analyst

Gerry O'Hara -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Devin Ryan -- JMP Securities -- Analyst

Michael Cyprys -- Morgan Stanley -- Analyst

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