Blackstone’s income falls, but beats expectations

International Herald Tribune – Blackstone Group, manager of the world’s largest leveraged-buyout fund, said Wednesday that second-quarter profit beat analysts’ estimates as gains from hedge funds offset a decline in private-equity takeovers.

Net economic income, a measure that excludes some compensation costs, fell 75 percent to $165.6 million, or 15 cents a share, from $655 million, or 58 cents, a year earlier, the New York-based Blackstone said. That exceeded the average estimate of 8 cents a share by 10 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. Revenue declined 63 percent to $353.7 million.

Blackstone’s fees from buying and selling companies have plunged as buyouts of more than $2 billion dried up and initial public offerings fell to their lowest in four years. Investors backed away from the debt used to finance LBOs in the fallout from the collapse of subprime-mortgage securities in the second half of last year.

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