The Blackstone Group: "An Exceptional Year"

02/12/2018 5:00 am EST

Focus: FINANCIALS

Todd Shaver

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, BullMarket.com

It was a truly exceptional year for The Blackstone Group (BX), reflected by outstanding earnings growth and record capital activity that drove their highest-ever level of aggregate cash distributions to shareholders, explains growth and income expert Todd Shaver, editor of BullMarket.com.

Total revenue ended the year at $7 billion up 39% from last year. EPS of $2.21 compared to just $1.56 a year ago, a huge 42% jump. This business is grooving! It was another strong quarter of core business trends.

Specifically, total assets under management increased an elevated 12% sequentially to a record $435 billion, driven primarily by $62 billion of inflows. Capital deployment of $20 billion in the quarter represented a record.

And dry powder remained elevated at $95 billion, which bodes well for future capital deployment levels. Just to put that in perspective, Blackstone realized half of the $7 billion of revenue this year from carried interest on prior year inflows, that were deployed to generate big gains of which Blackstone gets a percentage of the profits.

You are telling me the company has $95 billion to put to work to do more of this? Let’s assume on average they can collect a 10% carry on that money. They just doubled the business.

Blackstone’s tireless drive to innovate has enabled the company to launch large-scale new product areas that reach a wider client base and serve existing clients in new ways.

Investors in turn have entrusted the company with more capital than ever before, leading to a new record total assets under management of $435 billion, up 18% year-over-year. The stock is a good value at just 10x the current EPS of $3.25.

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