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July 24, 2014
08:30 EDTKKR, CG, BXCarlyle may be last firm in rigging suit as peers near settlement, NY Post says
Carlyle Group (CG) may soon be the only private equity firm left to settle a suit that accused it and several of its peers of conspiring to hold down deal prices and one source close to the situation said “my expectation is there will be a trial,” according to The New York Post. Bain Capital, Silver Lake and Goldman Sachs (GS) previously settled for a combined $150.5M and KKR (KKR), Blackstone (BX) and TPG Capital are expected to settle for an amount above that "within days," the report said. Reference Link
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April 21, 2015
09:06 EDTBXHilton price target raised to $33 from $30 at Baird
Baird raised its price target on Hilton (HLT) to $33 from $30 ahead of its Q1 earnings report. The firm cited in-line peer valuation despite better growth expectations, additional asset monetization initiatives, and the potential for Blackstone (BX) to sell its shares, which would remove an overhang and boost liquidity. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Hilton.
09:02 EDTBXBlackstone, Wells Fargo in talks on more GE financial assets, Bloomberg says
General Electric (GE), which has announced plans to divest the majority of its GE Capital businesses, is in talks about the potential sale of its $74B U.S. commercial-lending unit, reported Bloomberg, echoing a similar report from The Wall Street Journal. Potential buyers include Blackstone (BX), Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) Wells Fargo (WFC) and Apollo Global (APO), according to people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
07:51 EDTBXBlackstone, Brookfield bid for A$9B of office properties, Globe and Mail says
Investa Property Group, Australia’s third-biggest owner of city center offices, is seeing interest from Blackstone (BX) and Brookfield Asset Management (BAM), as well as LaSalle Investment Management and China’s Fosun, for the A$9B portfolio of Australian office properties that Morgan Stanley (MS) is marketing on the company's behalf, said Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
April 20, 2015
08:37 EDTKKRKKR, Anchor Equity to acquire controlling stake in Groupon's Ticket Monster
Private equity investor Anchor Equity Partners and global investment firm KKR (KKR) have signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in leading South Korean mobile commerce company Ticket Monster from Groupon (GRPN). Anchor and KKR, in conjunction with TMON’s management, will jointly acquire a controlling stake in TMON and will inject new capital into the company to help fund its future growth opportunities. Anchor and KKR will hold equal stakes in the company. Some of the world’s largest pension, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors, including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Pavilion Capital, will also be participating as investors in this transaction. Groupon, which acquired TMON in January 2014, will retain a fully diluted 41% minority stake in the company. The investment is based on a $782M fully diluted valuation of TMON. KKR and Anchor will work closely with TMON’s co-founder and CEO Dan Shin and the management team to grow the business. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory and customary closing conditions.
08:33 EDTKKRGroupon agees to sell 46% stake in Ticket Monster to KKR for $360M
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April 19, 2015
17:52 EDTCGCarlyle Group liquidating two mutual funds, Reuters says
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April 16, 2015
12:57 EDTBXEarnings Watch: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of GE's Q1 report
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12:37 EDTBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:22 EDTBXBlackstone says company is 'in no way' at its peak
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09:18 EDTBXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTKKRKKR closes $1.34B direct lending fund
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07:06 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q1 ENI $1.37, consensus $1.04
Reports Q1 revenue $2.51B, consensus $2.04B. Says total AUM was up 14% y/y, with total AUM at $310.5B. Fee-earning AUM was $223.51B.
06:05 EDTCGFormer Wal-Mart CEO Duke heads to Carlyle Group, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2015
07:24 EDTBXBlackstone April volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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April 14, 2015
13:02 EDTKKR, CG, BXFly Watch: Analyst expects strong Q1 results from private equity firms
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10:00 EDTKKRGroupon core business still key to valuation, says Piper Jaffray
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08:27 EDTKKRPrivate equity business model strong, results likely strong, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer's analyst says that private equity's business model is the best one he has seen in 30 years of following financial stocks. The firm expects most of the companies in the sector to report strong Q1 results, and predicts that investors will gain confidence in the sustainability of private equity firms' businesses. Oppenheimer identifies Crane (CR) and KKR (KKR) as its favorite names in the sector.
08:04 EDTKKRKKR names Luis Tellez as senior advisor
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07:00 EDTKKRKKR investor consortium close to deal to buy stake in Ticket Monster, WSJ says
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April 13, 2015
06:32 EDTBXReal estate is a big part of Blackstone's business, NY Times says
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