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The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX)

  • Mon, Nov. 23, 7:53 AM
    • General Electric (NYSE:GE) has agreed to sell its $5.9B portfolio of U.K. home loans to an investment consortium led by Blackstone (NYSE:BX), TPG Special Situations Partners and CarVal Investors.
    • The transaction represents the sale of almost all of GE's remaining U.K. mortgage business, and marks another step to sell most of the company's finance assets.
    • When completed, the deal will contribute about $0.4B of capital to the overall target of approximately $35B of dividends expected to be paid to GE shareholders (subject to regulatory approval).
    | Mon, Nov. 23, 7:53 AM | 7 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 16, 8:02 AM
    • Facility management group GCA Services provides janitors and cleaners to schools, airports, warehouses, power stations, rental car locations, and the like. The private equity arm of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and Thomas H. Lee will have an equal stake in a group buying GCA from Blackstone (NYSE:BX) for about $1B, reports Reuters.
    • GCA gets most of its business from the education sector and could benefit as more school districts outsource facility management (currently less than 20% is outsourced).
    • Blackstone acquired GCA from another P-E firm in 2012 for about $600M.
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  • Tue, Oct. 27, 8:28 PM
    • IBM is nearing a deal in excess of $2B to acquire the digital and data assets of The Weather Co., owner of the Weather Channel, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.
    • The company -- owned in part by NBCUniversal (NASDAQ:CMCSA) along with Bain Capital and Blackstone (NYSE:BX) -- started hiring banks to seek a buyer in August for a deal it hoped would hit $3B. The company's digital bits were widely considered to be the most valuable.
    • IBM has a particular interest in the company's forecasting group, WSI, the WSJ says -- a unit that's chock full of tech and weather data that the Weather Co. licenses to various businesses.
    • The deal would reportedly come with Weather Co. CEO David Kenny, who would join IBM.
    • A $2B deal would be a discount over the company's 2008 sale price, valued at $3.5B. IBM shares fell 4.1% today.
    • Previously: IBM eyes digital assets of The Weather Company (Oct. 19 2015)
    • Previously: Weather Channel hires banks to explore sale for up to $3B (Aug. 20 2015)
    | Tue, Oct. 27, 8:28 PM | 51 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 19, 6:43 PM
    • The WSJ reports Blackstone (NYSE:BX) is nearing a $5.3B deal to buy Manhattan's giant Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village apartment complex. The NYT reports the price is roughly $5.4B.
    • Bloomberg recently reported Blackstone was among the companies interested in "Stuy Town," which houses 30K people in 11.2K units spread out over 80 acres of land. Loan servicer CWCapital, owned by Fortress Investment Group (NYSE:FIG), has been in control of the property on behalf of bondholders.
    • About 5K of Stuyvesant Town's units are rent-stabilized. New York will contribute $225M to help keep the units affordable to lower-income families for the next 20 years.
    | Mon, Oct. 19, 6:43 PM | 16 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 19, 8:26 AM
    • The Weather Company is in advanced talks with IBM about the sale of its digital assets, Re/code reports, stating that a number of different parties have been discussing the purchase of either parts or all of its assets.
    • Those include: The product and technology division, the television business (with the Weather Channel) and a large meteorological team.
    • The Weather Company is currently owned by the Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX), Bain Capital and NBC Universal (NASDAQ:CMCSA). The trio paid $3.5B for the firm in 2008.
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  • Tue, Sep. 8, 8:46 AM
    • Strategic Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:BEE) had more or less put itself on the block this summer, and the buyer for $14.25 per share in cash is Blackstone (NYSE:BX).
    • Source: Press Release
    • The stock's higher by 3.7% premarket to $14.10. The $14.25 deal price is roughly 13% above the price on July 23 when the first media report of a potential sale hit.
    | Tue, Sep. 8, 8:46 AM | 11 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 21, 6:10 PM
    • Blackstone (NYSE:BX) is taking a majority stake in California-based wholesale/retail mortgage lender Stearns Holdings.
    • Terms weren't disclosed. "We chose Stearns to be our partner because it is a leader in the mortgage market with a world-class management team and a strong platform," said Blackstone's Chinh Chu.
    • Stearns Lending has more than 1,700 employees and is the top wholesale lender nationwide; over the past four years, it says its companies have funded $46B across 187,762 loans. It booked $521.7M in revenues last year.
    • Blackstone was up fractionally after hours, after declining 1.7% today.
    | Fri, Aug. 21, 6:10 PM | 3 Comments
  • Thu, Aug. 20, 3:39 PM
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  • Tue, Jun. 16, 2:57 PM
    • An earlier report from Reuters has Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) making a joint bid to take out NCR for more than $10B, and NCR is up 10.7% on the news. Also mulling a bid are Apollo Global (NYSE:APO) and Thoma Bravo, according to Reuters.
    • Previously: NCR +14.8%; Blackstone, Carlyle reportedly making joint bid (June 16)
    | Tue, Jun. 16, 2:57 PM | 9 Comments
  • Mon, Apr. 20, 12:16 PM
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  • Fri, Apr. 10, 8:15 AM
    • Excel Trust (NYSE:EXL) agrees to a sale to Blackstone Property Partners (NYSE:BX) for $15.85 per share in cash, or about $2B.
    • "With cap rates and REIT stock multiples approaching historic levels and we did not believe the market accurately reflected the value of the assets," says CEO Gary Sabin, and the board thus decided a sale to Blackstone was the best way to realize that value.
    • Source: Press Release
    • EXL +14.7% premarket to $15.87.
    • Previously: GE sets plan to exit almost all of GE Capital; launches $50B buyback (April 10)
    | Fri, Apr. 10, 8:15 AM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Mar. 6, 6:01 PM
    • Crain's Chicago Business reports Blackstone (NYSE:BX) has "a preliminary agreement to pay almost $1.5 billion" to buy Willis Tower (once known as Sears Tower). The price is equal to nearly $400/sq. foot for the Chicago landmark's 3.8M sq. feet of office space, and well above the $840M paid by Willis' current owners in 2004.
    • The paper notes Willis Tower generates revenue not only from its office space, but also from its 103rd-floor Skydeck, retail/restaurant space, and broadcast space/antennas, as well as the sale of its naming rights to tenant Willis Group. Property broker Eastdil, hired to find a buyer for the tower, argues a new owner could generate extra naming rights revenue - Willis pays a below-market $1M/year - and also from selling Skydeck naming rights.
    • In February, Blackstone struck a deal with RXR Realty to buy a ~50% stake in 6 NYC-area office buildings collectively valued at $4B.
    | Fri, Mar. 6, 6:01 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 2, 3:10 AM
    • Holcim (OTCPK:HCMLY) and Lafarge (OTCPK:LFRGY) have moved a step closer toward obtaining regulatory approval for their merger after the two confirmed plans to sell assets to Irish building supplies group CRH (NYSE:CRH) for $7.34B.
    • CRH was a finalist in an auction for the assets, battling in the past few days with a consortium led by Blackstone (NYSE:BX).
    • The new company created from Lafarge and Holcim's merger will become the world's biggest cement maker with $44B in annual sales.
    • Previously: CRH, Blackstone said to consider purchasing Lafarge-Holcim assets (Jan. 22 2015)
    | Mon, Feb. 2, 3:10 AM | Comment!
Company Description
Blackstone Group LP is an alternative asset manager. It also provides financial advisory services, including corporate and mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services.
Sector: Financial
Country: United States