Analyst: Blackstone likely a seller of Hilton as lockup ends

|About: The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX)|By:, SA News Editor

"We expect Blackstone (BX +0.3%) to begin to monetize its position over the near term," says Wells Fargo analyst Jeffrey Donnelly, noting the lockup period following Hilton Worldwide's (HLT -0.2%) IPO expires today. Blackstone and other Hilton insiders own about 84% of the company and are now eligible to sell one-third of their holdings (the rest gets unlocked over the next 6 months).

"With Hilton management expecting to announce its plans for the WaldorfAstoria Hotel by year end, and values for the project cited by others as high as $4B (which we do not believe to be realistic), we could see Blackstone selling into the year-end announcement."