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  • Wed, Feb. 10, 3:15 PM
    • These MOUs are paid to take their capital and reap big returns doing deals, not try and support the stock price with share repurchases. “It doesn’t make much sense, obviously,” says UMass economics professor William Lazonick.
    • Yet The Carlyle Group (CG +3.3%) today joined Apollo Global (APO -0.9%), KKR (KKR -5.2%), and Fortress Investment (FIG -1.7%) in launching sizable share repurchase programs, with Carlyle CEO David Rubenstein saying (earnings call transcript) none of his company's owners finds the current stock price "satisfactory or acceptable."
    • Don't look for Blackstone (BX +1.9%) to join the crowd. “Limited partners believe that if you don’t invest in your own funds, you don’t show confidence or alignment,” said Stephen Schwarzman on his recent earnings call (transcript). "We always want to have a lot of money around." Just to be clear, Schwarzman has also been very vocal about how cheap he believes Blackstone shares are.
    • The last word goes to Lazonick: “At least they’re not buying high, but that’s not relevant ... They should be trying to figure out how to invest better.”
    • ETFs: PSP, PEX
    | Wed, Feb. 10, 3:15 PM | 25 Comments
  • Mon, Feb. 8, 2:24 PM
    • It is the European banks and contagion concerns that are freaking out the markets today - not just the Fed, China and crude oil - according to David Rosenberg, noting that some of the European banks are trading at 2008 crisis levels after the group has tumbled 18% YTD vs. 11% for the STOXX 600 index.
    • European financial firms are taking a beating amid fears of "a chronic profitability crisis that makes it impossible for banks to build up barely-adequate capital bases," WSJ reports.
    • Deutsche Bank (DB -9.8%) is down another ~10%, bringing its YTD loss to nearly 40% while its valuation has fallen to ~30% of book value, and its credit default swaps spiked to their highest levels since 2012.
    • News of major withdrawals out of Credit Suisse (CS -4.2%) caused its shares to sink 11% last week, hitting a 24-year low, and Santander (SAN -6.2%), BBVA (BBVA -5.4%), and UniCredit (OTCPK:UNCFF -5.5%) are down to lows seen during the last eurozone financial crisis.
    • "Oil and the flatter yield curve alone do not explain the 12% plunge we have seen in S&P Financials so far this year," Rosenberg says, adding that BofA (BAC -6.1%), Citigroup (C -6.2%) and Wells Fargo (WFC -3.5%) all briefly touched 52-week lows last week - "an ominous signpost."
    • ETFs: XLF, FAS, FAZ, UYG, VFH, PSP, IYF, EUFN, BTO, IPF, IAI, IYG, SEF, FNCL, FXO, PFI, IXG, PEX, RYF, FINU, KCE, RWW, KBWC
    • Earlier: Markets extend two-day rout; gold gets 3% boost
    | Mon, Feb. 8, 2:24 PM | 36 Comments
  • Jan. 6, 2015, 2:38 PM
    • One of today's worst-performing sectors as oil tumbles below $48 per barrel is private-equity. It was late last year Blackstone's Steven Schwarzman told investors he was itching to buy into the dive in energy, a promise he made good on in the first session of this year. In general one would think the plunge is a good thing for the opportunistic types who manage these companies.
    • In late December, it was estimated buyout firms had lost a combined $11.7B in 27 publicly traded oil producers since June, and that was with oil nearly $10 higher than it is today.
    • ETFs: PSP, PEX
    • Other individual names: KKR (KKR -2.1%), Fortress Investment (FIG -2.7%), Apollo Global (APO -3.5%), Oaktree (OAK -3.9%),  The Carlyle Group (CG -2.8%), Ares Management (ARES -1.8%).
    | Jan. 6, 2015, 2:38 PM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 3, 2014, 10:54 AM
    • Acknowledging the Street is already way long the stocks, Bernstein nevertheless starts coverage of Apollo Global (APO), Blackstone (BX), and KKR with Outperform ratings, noting P/E multiples of 11x for alternatives is way below that of traditional asset managers at 16x (a fact also noted by Blackstone's Stephen Schwarzman).
    • At current valuations, says analyst Luke Montgomery, investors are paying only for cash flows from existing funds and get the going-concern value and any positives from yet-to-be-launched funds for free. "More important, they get a free option on the significant growth opportunities we see for these firms."
    • “Their advantage is extremely difficult to replicate, which means these firms have a large halo effect and are operating in a league of their own with little competition in their path. Meanwhile, the larger scale of these firms is generating outsized cash flow that is supporting a push into higher growth, less scale-constrained strategies, like credit and real estate."
    • Apollo is Montgomery's "Credit Growth Play," while Blackstone is "The Innovation as Cycle Muting Play," and KKR is "The Economies of Skill Play." If he had to pick from among the three, it would be KKR given valuation and its differentiated strategy.
    • Previously: Positive P-E sector coverage launched at Bernstein
    • Related ETFs: PSP, PEX
    | Apr. 3, 2014, 10:54 AM | 5 Comments
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ProShares Global Listed Private Equity ETF seeks investment results, before fees and expenses, that track the performance of the LPX Direct Listed Private Equity Index.
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