Private equity firms like Carlyle have benefited from rising corporate valuations in the public and private markets, which have allowed them to cash out investments at higher profits.
Blackstone Group (NYSE:) Inc, the world’s largest private equity firm, also reported earlier this week that its distributable earnings more than doubled in the first quarter owing to a surge in asset sales.
Carlyle said it sold $ 6.4 billion worth of assets in the first quarter, allowing the firm post a net income of $ 869 million under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), compared with a $ 612 million loss a year earlier.
Its divestments included the sale of a majority stake in PA Consulting to Jacobs Engineering Group Inc (NYSE:), which valued the Britain-based advisory firm at 1.82 billion pounds ($ 2.54 billion). Carlyle also exited its entire shareholding in Japanese enterprise software developer WingArc1st via an initial public offering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange for about $ 175 million.
Carlyle said its credit funds appreciated by 8% in the first quarter. Its corporate private equity, real estate and natural resources funds rose 15%, 4%, and 7%, respectively.
Total asset management rose to $ 260 billion, up from $ 246 billion in the previous quarter owing to the appreciation of its funds. Carlyle closed the quarter with $ 75 billion in unspent capital and declared a quarterly dividend of 25 cents.
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By Chibuike Oguh
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