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The Hedge Fund And Private Equity Stock Train Wreck
Forbes ^ | 05/08/2012 | Nathan Vardi

Posted on 05/08/2012 6:28:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

When some of America’s biggest hedge fund and private equity firms started to sell ownership through initial public offerings a few years ago, many investors rushed to buy the stocks. The hedge fund and private equity industries had produced Wall Street’s biggest fortunes, billionaires like Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein and Daniel Och. There are now some 50 hedge fund and private equity billionaires—it seemed to make sense for investors to want a piece of the companies that made them rich.

But investing in hedge fund and private equity stocks has largely been a disaster for years. Blackstone’s 2007 IPO priced at $31; today the shares trade hands for $13. Fortress Investment Group sold shares in its IPO for $18.50; today the stock trades for $3.50. Sure these IPOs took place at the hedge fund and private equity top in 2007, but things are not getting better. Shares of New York hedge fund firm Och-Ziff Capital Management are down 43% in the last year. Fortress just reported that first-quarter profits fell 45% and Blackstone’s first quarter economic net income was down by 24%.

Then there’s Man Group, the world’s biggest publicly-traded hedge fund firm. It trades on the London Stock Exchange and has been a public company for a very long time. But it has never experienced times like these. Last week it reported $1 billion of net outflows at its hedge funds during the first quarter and its stock is now trading at its lowest levels in over a decade. Amid all this stock market carnage, it’s little surprise that Carlyle Group had to list its shares at a big discount just to pull off its IPO last week. Even so, there was no IPO pop and the stock has remained flat in its early days.

What’s going on?

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: hedgefund; privateequity

1 posted on 05/08/2012 6:28:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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FROM THE ARTICLE:

The market might be sensing that the private equity and hedge fund party is over. Hedge funds, on average, lost money last year and failed to beat the U.S. stock market. So far in 2012 they are, on the whole, struggling to keep up with lowly S&P 500 index funds again.

The financial engineering tricks the private equity industry relied on for years are to a certain extent gone and the M&A market is cool.


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