The Blackstone Group Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2007 Earnings

Record Pro Forma Adjusted Revenues and Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income for the full year 2007.

Challenging business conditions and write-down of FGIC lead to lower fourth quarter results.

Record Assets Under Management of $102.43 billion, a 47% increase from $69.51 billion a year ago.

Blackstone declares a quarterly distribution of $0.30 per common unit and reaffirms priority distributions to public common unitholders of $1.20 per year through 2009, to be paid quarterly.

Blackstone closes GSO acquisition on March 3, 2008.

NEW YORK--()--The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) today reported its 2007 results.

Year Ended December 31, 2007 Business Highlights

  • Record Pro Forma Adjusted Reportable Segment Revenues and Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income for the full year 2007 of $3.12 billion and $2.12 billion, respectively; $1.62 per adjusted unit after tax
  • GAAP revenues totaled $3.05 billion; GAAP expenses (including non-cash charges of $1.88 billion) totaled $2.76 billion; and GAAP net income totaled $1.62 billion
  • Corporate Private Equity Pro Forma Adjusted Segment Revenues totaled $821.3 million vs. $999.4 million in the prior year
  • Real Estate Pro Forma Adjusted Segment Revenues increased to $1.30 billion vs. $878.5 million in the prior year
  • Marketable Alternative Asset Management Pro Forma Adjusted Segment Revenues increased to $628.0 million from $318.8 million in the prior year
  • Financial Advisory Pro Forma Adjusted Segment Revenues increased to $367.7 million from $260.3 million in the prior year

Fourth Quarter 2007 Business Highlights

  • Fourth Quarter Pro Forma Adjusted Reportable Segment Revenues and Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income totaled $366.9 million and $128.2 million, respectively; $0.08 per adjusted unit after tax
  • GAAP revenues totaled $345.0 million; GAAP expenses (including non-cash charges of $836.8 million) totaled $1.06 billion; GAAP net loss totaled $(170.0) million
  • Corporate Private Equity revenues totaled ($15.4) million vs. Pro Forma Adjusted Revenues of $533.8 million in the prior year
  • Real Estate revenues totaled $113.5 million vs. Pro Forma Adjusted Revenues of $460.9 million in the prior year
  • Marketable Alternative Asset Management revenues increased to $178.2 million vs. Pro Forma Adjusted Revenues of $130.8 million in the prior year
  • Financial Advisory revenues increased to $90.6 million vs. Pro Forma Adjusted Revenues of $85.0 million in the prior year

For the year ended December 31, 2007, Total Pro Forma Adjusted Reportable Segment Revenues were $3.12 billion as compared to $2.46 billion in 2006. Growth in three of the business segments - Real Estate, Marketable Alternative Asset Management and Financial Advisory - drove the year-over-year increase in revenues.

Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income for the year ended December 31, 2007 totaled $2.12 billion as compared to $1.68 billion for the year ended December 31, 2006.

Economic Net Income for the quarter ended December 31, 2007 totaled $128.2 million as compared to Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income of $894.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2006.

For the year ended December 31, 2007, GAAP revenues totaled $3.05 billion, GAAP expenses (including non-cash charges of $1.88 billion) totaled $2.76 billion and GAAP net income totaled $1.62 billion. For the year ended December 31, 2006, GAAP revenues totaled $2.62 billion, GAAP expenses totaled $553.1 million and GAAP net income totaled $2.27 billion. A significant amount of equity interests held by senior managing directors and other employees is subject to future vesting, minimum retained ownership interests and transfer restrictions. As a result of the future vesting, Blackstone has and will continue to show significant non-cash compensation charges associated with these equity interests over their respective service periods. These non-cash charges, that arose in 2007 in connection with the reorganization and the initial public offering, are likely to result in GAAP net losses for the next 5 years depending upon the applicable service periods or useful lives, but will never have any impact on cash earnings.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2007, GAAP revenues totaled $345.0 million, GAAP expenses (including non-cash charges of $836.8 million) totaled $1.06 billion and GAAP net loss totaled $(170.0) million. For the quarter ended December 31, 2006, GAAP revenues totaled $1.28 billion, GAAP expenses totaled $182.9 million and GAAP net income totaled $1.18 billion.

In connection with the initial public offering of the common units of The Blackstone Group L.P. (the publicly traded partnership), Blackstone effected a reorganization on June 18, 2007, which affects the comparison of the current year's periods with those of the prior year's. Blackstone's business was historically conducted through a large number of entities as to which there was no single holding entity. Accordingly, operating results for 2007 and 2006 periods presented are for the respective consolidated and combined entities.

Blackstones businesses are materially affected by conditions in the financial markets and economic conditions in the United States, Western Europe, Asia and to some extent elsewhere in the world. The first half of 2007 was characterized by rising global stock markets and unusually strong debt markets. In the second half of 2007, concerns over the weakness in the U.S. housing market and sub-prime mortgage market created deteriorating conditions in fixed income markets. Debt underwriting declined and the backlog resulting from pending private equity-led transactions for the industry grew to record levels. Beginning in the second half of 2007, this backlog, coupled with other poor-performing fixed income securities and rising credit losses, has materially hindered lenders' willingness to fund new, large-sized acquisitions. As a consequence of reduced borrowing ability, the volume of new private equity acquisitions has materially declined. Recently announced private equity-led acquisitions have mostly been smaller in size, with less leverage and less favorable terms for the debt provided. This environment has had an adverse impact on the pace of new investments, the level of transaction fees and the rate of appreciation of Blackstones portfolio investments.

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blackstone said: "While full year revenues, economic net income and assets under management reached record levels in 2007, the operating environment in the second half of the year presented significant challenges. Declining equity and fixed income markets negatively affected the valuations of the portfolio assets of the Corporate Private Equity, Real Estate and Marketable Alternative Asset Management segments as of December 31, 2007 and led to lower carried interest and incentive fee revenues, but did not adversely affect our Financial Advisory segment. Lack of available financing in the U.S. and Europe for large leveraged transactions limited our transaction fees. Difficult market conditions in the U.S. and Europe continue in 2008 and there is little visibility on when these conditions might improve. However, despite the meltdown in the credit markets, we have made eight new private equity commitments since the credit crunch representing $2.7 billion of equity and we expect to continue to see new investment opportunities, particularly in Asia. We will remain disciplined in our approach and will opportunistically purchase well priced assets throughout the globe."

SEGMENT REVIEW

For the year ended December 31, 2007, Total Pro Forma Adjusted Reportable Segment Revenues increased to $3.12 billion from $2.46 billion for the year ended December 31, 2006. Record Pro Forma Adjusted revenues in the Real Estate, Marketable Alternative Asset Management and Financial Advisory segments were offset partially by a decline in revenues in the Corporate Private Equity segment. For the quarter ended December 31, 2007, Blackstones Total Reportable Segment Revenues declined to $366.9 million from Total Pro Forma Adjusted Reportable Segment Revenues of $1.21 billion in the quarter ended December 31, 2006, primarily due to decreased revenues in the Corporate Private Equity and Real Estate segments. The revenue declines in the Corporate Private Equity and Real Estate segments in the fourth quarter of 2007 were mostly due to lower net appreciation of the investment portfolio as compared to the prior year, as well as a significant decrease in the value of Blackstone's portfolio investment in Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, a monoline financial guarantor.

Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income After Taxes totaled $1.82 billion for the year ended December 31, 2007 as compared to $1.43 billion for the year ended December 31, 2006. For the quarter ended December 31, 2007, Economic Net Income After Taxes totaled $88.0 million as compared to Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income After Taxes of $808.1 million for the prior year.

Net Cash Flow Used In Operating Activities was $850.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2007 as compared to $4.40 billion for the comparable prior period. Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $1.52 billion as compared to $1.10 billion for the comparable prior period.

The tables below detail Blackstones Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, as well as Blackstone's Economic Net Income for the quarter ended December 31, 2007 as compared to Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income for the quarter ended December 31, 2006. Management considers Economic Net Income Before Taxes, which includes unrealized gains and compensation related to those gains but excludes non-cash charges, an important measurement of value creation and benchmarks its performance against Economic Net Income.

  Three Months Ended December 31,   %   Year Ended December 31,   %
2007   2006 Variance 2007   2006 Variance

Pro Forma

Adjusted

 

Pro Forma Adjusted
(Dollars in Thousands, Except per Unit Amounts)

Economic Net Income, Total Reportable Segments

$ 128,166 $ 894,897 (86 %) $ 2,120,714 $ 1,676,146 27 %

Provision for Income Taxes

  40,117   86,758 (54 %)   305,206   248,646 23 %

Economic Net Income After Taxes (a)

$ 88,049 $ 808,139 (89 %) $ 1,815,508 $ 1,427,500 27 %
 

Economic Net Income After Taxes per Adjusted Unit

$ 0.08 $ 0.72 $ 1.62 $ 1.27
 

Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations (a)

$ 1,516,604 $ 1,097,277 38 %
_________________________

(a)

 

Reconciliations of Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income After Taxes to Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments and of Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations to Net Cash Used in Operating Activities are presented in the tables Reconciliation of Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income to Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments and Reconciliation of Net Cash Flow Used in Operating Activities to Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations, respectively, included elsewhere in this release.

Corporate Private Equity

Full Year

Corporate Private Equity reported 2007 revenues of $821.3 million, down 18% from 2006 revenues of $999.4 million, largely driven by a decrease in Performance Fees and Allocations resulting from a lower increase in the net carrying value of underlying funds' portfolio investments as compared with 2006. Specifically, in 2007, the net value of the underlying portfolio investments increased by 16% as compared to an increase in net value of 30% in 2006. The 2007 weighted-average base on which this increase was calculated was approximately 57% greater than the comparable base in 2006. Most significantly, Blackstone reduced the value of its portfolio investment in Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, a monoline financial guarantor, which accounted for $122.2 million, or 69%, of the decline in revenues for the year. Additionally, Management Fees declined $36.4 million over the same period principally due to lower Transaction and Other Fees, a component of Management Fees, primarily resulting from less capital invested in transactions that generated fees.

Weighted-Average Fee-Earning Assets Under Management for the year totaled $23.73 billion compared with $20.07 billion in 2006, due mainly to additional funds raised for the Blackstone Capital Partners V fund.

Limited Partner (LP) Capital deployed totaled $6.33 billion compared with $7.55 billion in 2006.

Fourth Quarter

Corporate Private Equity fourth quarter revenues of ($15.4) million were negative, as compared with revenues of $533.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2006. Management Fees decreased $26.3 million as an increase in Base Management Fees of $13.0 million was offset by a $39.3 million decrease in Transaction and Other Fees and an increase in Management Fee Offsets. The increase in Base Management Fees reflected growth in Weighted-Average Fee-Earning Assets Under Management to $24.90 billion compared with $20.03 billion a year ago. Additionally, both Performance Fees and Allocations and Investment Income and Other decreased from the prior year. The change was driven primarily by decreases in the value of Blackstones portfolio investment in Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, which was adversely affected by turmoil in the credit markets, and lower net appreciation of portfolio investments in other sectors as compared with the prior year.

LP Capital deployed totaled $2.33 billion for the quarter ended December 31, 2007 compared with $3.36 billion a year ago.

Real Estate

Full Year

Real Estate reported 2007 revenues of $1.30 billion, up 48% from 2006 revenues of $878.5 million, driven by growth in Management Fees of $306.6 million. This growth in Management Fees was attributable to increases in both Transaction and Other Fees and Base Management Fees. The increase in Transaction and Other Fees of $207.6 million was largely related to the acquisitions of Hilton Hotels and Equity Office Properties Trust during 2007. Base Management Fee growth of $101.3 million was principally attributable to $10.11 billion of third-party capital raised for Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI, a new fund which commenced in February 2007. Additionally, Performance Fees and Allocations increased $80.7 million due to increases in the value of underlying fund investments compared to the prior year, primarily from accretive sales from existing office portfolios. Overall, for 2007, the net value of the underlying portfolio investments increased by approximately 35% as compared to an increase in net value of approximately 85% in 2006. The 2007 weighted-average base on which this increase was calculated was approximately three times greater than the comparable base in 2006.

Weighted-Average Fee-Earning Assets Under Management for the year totaled $16.53 billion compared with $8.98 billion in 2006 due mainly to funds raised for the Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI fund.

LP capital deployed in 2007 totaled $8.17 billion, up from $3.13 billion from last year.

Fourth Quarter

For the quarter ended December 31, 2007, Real Estate generated revenues of $113.5 million, down 75% from the fourth quarter 2006 revenues of $460.9 million. During the quarter ended December 31, 2007, Performance Fees and Allocations and Investment Income and Other decreased as compared to 2006 due to a decrease in value of certain of Blackstone's investments in some sectors as compared with an increase in the prior year. Management Fees grew by $88.8 million year over year, due to increases in Base Management Fees and Transaction and Other Fees. Transaction and Other Fees grew by $60.8 million from the same period last year due to the Hilton Hotels acquisition. Base Management Fees increased $29.8 million reflecting growth in Weighted-Average Fee-Earning Assets Under Management to $18.23 billion compared with $8.95 billion a year ago.

LP capital deployed in the quarter ended December 31, 2007 totaled $4.04 billion, up from $896.0 million last year, highlighted by the acquisition of Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Marketable Alternative Asset Management (MAAM)

Full Year

Marketable Alternative Asset Management reported record 2007 revenues of $628.0 million, an increase of 97% from 2006 revenues of $318.8 million, reflecting growth in Management Fees, Performance Fees and Allocations and Investment Income and Other. The increase in Management fees was driven by a $14.89 billion or 61% increase in Fee-Earning Assets Under Management attributable to significant inflows from institutional investors on new and existing funds. The growth in Performance Fees and Allocations and Investment Income and Other was driven by net appreciation of the portfolio due to favorable investment performance.

Fourth Quarter

MAAM achieved fourth quarter revenues of $178.2 million, an increase of 36% from the same period in 2006, reflecting an increase in Management Fees and Investment Income and Other earned in the funds of hedge funds, certain proprietary hedge funds and closed-end mutual funds. Favorable revenue growth was the result of an increase in fund flows and investment performance in certain of the funds. Performance Fees and Allocations declined in certain proprietary hedge funds as compared to the prior year. MAAM includes hedge funds investing across several asset classes, geographies and investment styles and therefore is not tied to any one market or the direction of those markets.

Weighted-Average Fee-Earning Assets Under Management under management in the quarter ended December 31, 2007 totaled $38.49 billion compared with $24.12 billion last year.

Financial Advisory

Full Year

Financial Advisory reported 2007 revenues of $367.7 million in 2007, an increase of 41% from 2006 revenues of $260.3 million, primarily reflecting continued growth in Blackstones fund placement capital raising for alternative assets businesses as well as an increase in revenues in the restructuring and reorganization advisory business. Revenues in the corporate and mergers and acquisitions advisory business were lower than the prior year as transaction activity began to decline in the second half of 2007.

Fourth Quarter

Revenues rose 7% to $90.6 million in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007 compared to the same period in 2006, primarily reflecting favorable trends in the fund placement capital raising for alternative assets and an increase in revenues within the restructuring and reorganization advisory business offset somewhat by a decrease in revenues in the corporate and mergers and acquisitions advisory business.

CAPITAL

For economic net income purposes, the weighted-average fully diluted unit count at period end was 1,121 million units (the Adjusted Units) and the total outstanding units entitled to cash distributions were 1,090 million units.

DISTRIBUTION

The Blackstone Group L.P. is pleased to declare a quarterly distribution of $0.30 per common unit payable to record holders of common units at the close of business on March 31, 2008. This distribution will be paid on April 11, 2008. In addition, Blackstone reaffirms its intention to make priority distributions to its public common unitholders of $1.20 per common unit per year through 2009, to be paid quarterly. These distribution amounts differ from Blackstones earnings/loss per unit.

Blackstone will host a conference call on March 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss full year and fourth quarter 2007 results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing (888) 680-0890 (U.S. domestic) and (617) 213-4857 (international) pass code 48601691. Additionally the conference call will be broadcast live over the internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through the Investor Relations section of The Blackstone Groups website http://ir.blackstone.com. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available on Blackstones website or by dialing (888) 286-8010 (U.S. domestic) or (617) 801-6888 (international) pass code number 97601518, beginning approximately two hours after the event.

About The Blackstone Group

The Blackstone Group L.P. is a leading global alternative asset manager and provider of financial advisory services. Its alternative asset management businesses include the management of corporate private equity funds, real estate funds, funds of hedge funds, mezzanine funds, senior debt vehicles, proprietary hedge funds and closed-end mutual funds. The Blackstone Group L.P. also provides various financial advisory services, including corporate and mergers and acquisitions advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available at www.blackstone.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 which reflect Blackstones current views with respect to, among other things, Blackstones operations and financial performance. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of words such as "outlook," "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates" or the negative version of these words or other comparable words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. Blackstone believes these factors include but are not limited to those described under the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the prospectus dated June 21, 2007, filed with the SEC in accordance with Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on June 25, 2007, as such factors may be updated from time to time in periodic filings with the SEC (including Blackstones Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007), which are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in the prospectus. Blackstone undertakes no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

This release does not constitute an offer of any Blackstone fund.

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.
Consolidated and Combined Statements of Income
(Dollars in Thousands)
 
  Year Ended  
December 31, 2007   December 31, 2006 % Variance
Revenues
Management and Advisory Fees $ 1,566,047 $ 1,077,139 45 %
Performance Fees and Allocations 1,125,053 1,267,764 (11 %)
Investment Income and Other   359,048   272,526 32 %
Total Revenues   3,050,148   2,617,429 17 %
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits (1) 2,256,647 250,067 802 %
Interest 32,080 36,932 (13 %)
General, Administrative and Other (1) 324,200 122,395 165 %
Fund Expenses   151,917   143,695 6 %
Total Expenses   2,764,844   553,089 400 %
Other Income
Net Gains from Fund Investment Activities   5,423,132   6,090,145 (11 %)

Income Before Non-Controlling Interests in Income of Consolidated Entities and Provision for Taxes

5,708,436 8,154,485 (30 %)

Non-Controlling Interests in Income of Consolidated Entities

  4,059,221   5,856,345 (31 %)
Income Before Provision for Taxes 1,649,215 2,298,140 (28 %)
Provision for Taxes   25,978   31,934 (19 %)
Net Income (1) $ 1,623,237 $ 2,266,206 (28 %)
 
____________________
(1) Non-cash charges included above were:

Compensation and Benefits - amortization of equity-based compensation arising from transaction related unit awards

$ 1,765,188

General, Administrative and Other - amortization of intangibles

  117,607
$ 1,882,795
____________________

Note: Please see the Annual Report on Form 10-K of The Blackstone Group L.P. for the year ended December 31, 2007 for the net loss and net loss per common unit for the period June 19, 2007 (date of reorganization) through December 31, 2007.

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.
Consolidated and Combined Statements of Income
(Dollars in Thousands)
   
Quarter Ended
December 31, 2007   December 31, 2006 % Variance
Revenues
Management and Advisory Fees $ 447,506 $ 351,641 27 %
Performance Fees and Allocations (141,780 ) 776,318 (118 %)
Investment Income and Other   39,240     147,877 (73 %)
Total Revenues   344,966     1,275,836 (73 %)
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits (1) 902,175 79,194 1039 %
Interest 3,519 9,484 (63 %)
General, Administrative and Other (1) 133,567 47,837 179 %
Fund Expenses   25,469     46,346 (45 %)
Total Expenses   1,064,730     182,861 482 %
Other Income
Net Gains from Fund Investment Activities   16,423     3,867,600 (100 %)

Income (Loss) Before Non-Controlling Interests in Income of Consolidated Entities and Provision for Taxes

(703,341 ) 4,960,575 (114 %)

Non-Controlling Interests in Income (Loss) of Consolidated Entities

  (541,918 )   3,771,762 (114 %)
Income (Loss) Before Provision for Taxes (161,423 ) 1,188,813 (114 %)
Provision for Taxes   8,577     6,373 35 %
Net Income (Loss) (1) $ (170,000 ) $ 1,182,440 (114 %)
 
____________________
(1) Non-cash charges related charges included above were:

Compensation and Benefits - amortization of equity-based compensation arising from transaction related unit awards

$ 781,553

General, Administrative and Other - amortization of intangibles

  55,203  
$ 836,756  
____________________

Note: Please see the Annual Report on Form 10-K of The Blackstone Group L.P. for the year ended December 31, 2007 for the net loss and net loss per common unit for the quarter ended December 31, 2007.

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.
Consolidated and Combined Statements of Financial Condition
(Dollars in Thousands, Except Unit Data)
 
  December 31,   December 31,
2007 2006
Assets
Cash and Cash Equivalents $

868,629

$ 129,443
Cash Held by Blackstone Funds 163,696 810,725
Investments, at Fair Value 7,145,156 31,263,573
Accounts Receivable

213,086

594,498
Due from Brokers 812,250 398,196
Investment Subscriptions Paid in Advance 36,698 280,917
Due from Affiliates

855,854

318,892
Other Assets 99,366 88,772
Intangible Assets 604,681
Goodwill 1,597,474
Deferred Tax Assets   777,310   6,028
Total Assets $

13,174,200

$ 33,891,044
 
Liabilities and Partners' Capital
Loans Payable $ 130,389 $ 975,981
Amounts Due to Non-Controlling Interest Holders

269,901

647,418
Securities Sold, Not Yet Purchased 1,196,858 422,788
Due to Affiliates 831,609 103,428
Accrued Compensation and Benefits 188,997 66,301

Accounts Payable, Accrued Expenses and Other Liabilities

 

  250,445   157,355
Total Liabilities  

2,868,199

  2,373,271
 
Commitments and Contingencies
 
Non-Controlling Interests in Consolidated Entities   6,079,156   28,794,894
 
Partners' Capital

Partners' Capital

4,226,500 2,712,605
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income   345   10,274
Total Partners' Capital   4,226,845   2,722,879
Total Liabilities and Partners' Capital $

13,174,200

$ 33,891,044
____________________
Note - The decrease in Investments, at Fair Value and Non-Controlling Interests in Consolidated Entities resulted principally from the reorganization and the deconsolidation of certain Blackstone funds as more fully described in Blackstone's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.

Economic Net Income and Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income

(Dollars in Thousands)

 

The tables below detail Blackstones Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income for each of the periods presented except for the quarters ended September 30, 2007 and December 31, 2007 which present Economic Net Income. The reconciliation of Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income to Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments can be found in the table titled Reconciliation of Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income to Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments included elsewhere in this release.

 
 
  Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended  

March 31, 2006

 

June 30, 2006

 

September 30, 2006

 

December 31, 2006

Full Year 2006

March 31, 2007

 

June 30, 2007

 

September 30, 2007

 

December 31, 2007

Full Year 2007

Pro Forma Adjusted Pro Forma Adjusted

Pro Forma

Adjusted

Corporate Private Equity
Revenues
Management Fees
Base Management Fees $ 50,374 $ 60,245 $ 58,188 $ 53,701 $ 222,508 $ 58,861 $ 62,857 $ 66,388 $ 66,735 $ 254,841
Transaction and Other Fees 33,605 51,950 29,627 84,271 199,453 9,129 56,044 48,711 64,188 178,072
Management Fee Offsets (a)   (5,549 )   (4,040 )   (4,038 )   (4,040 )   (17,667 )   (8,231 )   (12,634 )   (20,892 )   (23,278 )   (65,035 )
Total Management Fees 78,430 108,155 83,777 133,932 404,294 59,759 106,267 94,207 107,645 367,878
Performance Fees and Allocations 71,221 25,930 55,900 319,459 472,510 122,934 230,424 109,051 (124,461 ) 337,948
Investment Income and Other   33,143     (4,577 )   13,628     80,433     122,627     26,212     63,782     24,032     1,429     115,455  
Total Segment Revenues   182,794     129,508     153,305     533,824     999,431     208,905     400,473     227,290     (15,387 )   821,281  
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits 35,434 43,217 42,521 102,165 223,337 33,383 44,782 56,319 (1,797 ) 132,687
Other Operating Expenses   6,266     10,170  

 

12,820     12,161     41,417     8,778     14,792     22,798     23,603     69,971  
Total Segment Expenses   41,700     53,387     55,341     114,326     264,754     42,161     59,574     79,117     21,806     202,658  
Economic Net Income

$

141,094

 

$

76,121  

$

97,964  

$

419,498  

$

734,677  

$

166,744  

$

340,899  

$

148,173  

$

(37,193 )

$

618,623  
 

(a) Primarily broken deal expenses.

 
Real Estate
Revenues
Management Fees
Base Management Fees

$

31,734

$

33,622

$

31,384

$

31,301

$

128,041

$

37,450

$

59,876

$

70,964

$

61,053

$

229,343
Transaction and Other Fees 29,166 23,666 44,105 47,602 144,539 209,451 19,748 14,540 108,400 352,139
Management Fee Offsets   (3,452 )   (3,442 )   (2,557 )       (9,451 )       (693 )   (9,281 )   (1,743 )   (11,717 )
Total Management Fees 57,448 53,846 72,932 78,903 263,129 246,901 78,931 76,223 167,710 569,765
Performance Fees and Allocations 52,384 29,039 110,589 326,738 518,750 457,360 152,681 28,479 (39,062 ) 599,458
Investment Income and Other   18,994     7,164     15,192     55,294     96,644     62,511     83,501     4,398     (15,145 )   135,265  
Total Segment Revenues   128,826     90,049     198,713     460,935     878,523     766,772     315,113     109,100     113,503     1,304,488  
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits 28,715 26,576 43,292 72,234 170,817 98,523 36,486 39,325 65,416 239,750
Other Operating Expenses   5,637     6,510     (1,554 )   12,676     23,269     4,735     5,539     12,639     27,577     50,490  
Total Segment Expenses   34,352     33,086     41,738     84,910     194,086     103,258     42,025     51,964     92,993     290,240  
Economic Net Income

$

94,474  

$

56,963  

$

156,975  

$

376,025  

$

684,437  

$

663,514  

$

273,088  

$

57,136  

$

20,510  

$

1,014,248  
 
Marketable Alternative Asset

Management

Revenues
Management Fees
Base Management Fees $ 38,644 $ 42,459 $ 42,054 $ 58,656 $ 181,813 $ 61,097 $ 74,413 $ 87,999 $ 92,795 $ 316,304
Transaction and Other Fees   1,743     931     1,161     2,746     6,581     1,872     1,189     1,695     1,876     6,632  
Total Management Fees 40,387 43,390 43,215 61,402 188,394 62,969 75,602 89,694 94,671 322,936
Performance Fees and Allocations 24,246 (7,737 ) 7,729 41,542 65,780 68,061 61,906 2,521 24,094 156,582
Investment Income and Other   24,473     (3,181 )   15,553     27,829     64,674     25,259     31,138     32,658     59,423     148,478  
Total Segment Revenues   89,106     32,472     66,497     130,773     318,848     156,289     168,646     124,873     178,188     627,996  
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits 28,339 21,106 38,552 44,627 132,624 59,374 78,268 34,006 45,692 217,340
Other Operating Expenses   5,303     7,937     8,392     16,356     37,988     8,899     13,511     17,779     22,205     62,394  
Total Segment Expenses   33,642     29,043     46,944     60,983     170,612     68,273     91,779     51,785     67,897     279,734  
Economic Net Income

$

55,464  

$

3,429  

$

19,553  

$

69,790  

$

148,236  

$

88,016  

$

76,867  

$

73,088  

$

110,291  

$

348,262  
 
Financial Advisory
Revenues
Advisory Fees

$

38,413

$

83,005

$

51,549

$

83,945

$

256,912

$

92,528

$

97,517

$

81,910

$

88,330

$

360,285
Investment Income and Other   616     755     1,008     1,029     3,408     1,684     1,034     2,354     2,302     7,374  
Total Segment Revenues   39,029     83,760     52,557     84,974     260,320     94,212     98,551     84,264     90,632     367,659  
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits 24,847 26,042 31,686 48,065 130,640 48,985 46,794 50,020 44,363 190,162
Other Operating Expenses   2,977     6,186     4,396     7,325     20,884     5,722     7,000     13,483     11,711     37,916  
Total Segment Expenses   27,824     32,228     36,082     55,390     151,524     54,707     53,794     63,503     56,074     228,078  
Economic Net Income

$

11,205

 

$

51,532  

$

16,475  

$

29,584  

$

108,796  

$

39,505  

$

44,757  

$

20,761  

$

34,558  

$

139,581  
 
Economic Net Income Recap
Revenues
Management Fees
Base Management Fees $ 159,165 $ 219,331 $ 183,175 $ 227,603 $ 789,274 $ 249,936 $ 294,663 $ 307,261 $ 308,913 $ 1,160,773
Transaction and Other Fees 64,514 76,547 74,893 134,619 350,573 220,452 76,981 64,946 174,464 536,843
Management Fee Offsets   (9,001 )   (7,482 )   (6,595 )   (4,040 )   (27,118 )   (8,231 )   (13,327 )   (30,173 )   (25,021 )   (76,752 )
Total Management Fees 214,678 288,396 251,473 358,182 1,112,729 462,157 358,317 342,034 458,356 1,620,864
Performance Fees and Allocations 147,851 47,232 174,218 687,739 1,057,040 648,355 445,011 140,051 (139,429 ) 1,093,988
Investment Income and Other   77,226     161     45,381     164,585     287,353     115,666     179,455     63,442     48,009     406,572  
Total Segment Revenues   439,755     335,789     471,072     1,210,506     2,457,122     1,226,178     982,783     545,527     366,936     3,121,424  
Expenses
Compensation and Benefits 117,335 116,941 156,051 267,091 657,418 240,265 206,330 179,670 153,674 779,939
Other Operating Expenses   20,183     30,803     24,054     48,518     123,558     28,134     40,842     66,699     85,096     220,771  
Total Segment Expenses   137,518     147,744     180,105     315,609     780,976     268,399     247,172     246,369     238,770     1,000,710  
Total Economic Net Income $ 302,237   $ 188,045   $ 290,967   $ 894,897   $ 1,676,146   $ 957,779   $ 735,611   $ 299,158   $ 128,166   $ 2,120,714  
THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.
Reconciliation of Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income to Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments
(Dollars in Thousands)
 

The following table reconciles Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income to Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments. The reconciliation of Economic Net Income, Total Reportable Segments to GAAP Income Before Provision for Taxes is included in the footnotes to Blackstones audited financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC. The reconciliations of Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments for the quarterly periods ended March 31, 2007 and 2006 are included in the Registration Statement filed in connection with Blackstone's initial public offering. The reconciliations of Economic Net Income, Reportable Segments for the quarterly periods ended June 30, 2007 and 2006 and September 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively, are included in the Quarterly Reports filed on Form 10-Q with the SEC.

 
  Quarter Ended     Quarter Ended  
March 31, 2006   June 30,

2006

  September 30, 2006   December 31, 2006 Full Year 2006 March 31, 2007   June 30,

2007

  September 30, 2007   December 31, 2007 Full Year 2007
Pro Forma Adjusted Pro Forma Adjusted Pro Forma Adjusted
Economic Net Income $ 302,237 $ 188,045 $ 290,967 $ 894,897 $ 1,676,146 $ 957,779 $ 735,611 $ 299,158 $ 128,166 $ 2,120,714
Pro Forma Adjustments:

 

Addition of Non-contributed Entities (a)

133,791 (1,914 ) 3,711 114,820 250,408 38,332 30,774 69,106

Decrease in Compensation Expense (b)

64,486 60,274 94,698 187,893 407,351 161,057 94,369 255,426

Addition of Interest Expense (c)

  (7,487 )   (12,692 )   (6,788 )   (8,798 )   (35,765 )   (11,121 )   (15,177 )       (26,298 )

Economic Net Income, Reportable

Segments

$

493,027

 

$

233,713

 

$

382,588

 

$

1,188,812

 

$

2,298,140

 

$

1,146,047

 

$

845,577

 

$

299,158

$

128,166

$

2,418,948

 
____________________

(a)

 

Represent adjustments to add back revenues and expenses of the businesses that were not contributed as part of the reorganization.

(b)

Represent adjustments to add back expenses related to employee compensation and profit sharing arrangements that were not effective prior to the reorganization.

(c)

Represent adjustments to add back interest expense based on the assumption that the revolving credit facility was repaid in full from the proceeds of the offering as of January 1, 2006.

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.

Reconciliation of Net Cash Flow Used in Operating Activities to Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations and of GAAP Weighted-Average Common Units Outstanding - Diluted to Economic Net Income Adjusted Units - Diluted

(Dollars in Thousands)

 

The following table provides a reconciliation of Blackstone's Net Cash Flows Used in Operating Activities to Blackstones Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations and Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations. Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations is a supplemental measure of liquidity to assess liquidity and amounts available for distributions to Blackstone unit holders, including Blackstone personnel.

 
  Year Ended December 31,
2007   2006

Net Cash Used in Operating Activities

$

(850,296

) $ (4,396,614 )
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities

188,582

1,154,680
Blackstone Funds Related Investment Activities 1,699,433 3,776,325
Net Realized Gains on Investments 3,800,137 5,054,995
Non-Controlling Interests in Income of Consolidated Entities (1,521,303 ) (3,950,664 )
Realized Gains - Blackstone Funds   87,373     28,687  
Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations 3,403,926 1,667,409
 
Pro Forma Cash Flow from Operations - Adjustments (a)
Elimination of Non-Contributed Entities (b) (46,523 ) (134,442 )
Increase in Compensation Expense (c) (255,426 ) (315,573 )
Interests Held by Blackstone Holdings Limited Partners (d) (1,080,015 ) -
Eliminate Interest Expense (e) 26,302 35,767
Realized Gains - Blackstone Funds (275,333 ) 60,828
Incremental Cash Tax Effect (f)   (256,327 )   (216,712 )
Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations $ 1,516,604   $ 1,097,277  
_________________________

(a)

 

Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations is based upon historical results of operations and gives effect to the pre-initial public offering reorganization and the initial public offering as if they were completed as of January 1, 2006. These pro forma adjustments are consistent with Rule 11.01 of Regulation SX.

(b)

Represent adjustments to eliminate from Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations the cash flows of the businesses that were not contributed as part of the reorganization.

(c)

Represent adjustments to reflect in Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations the cash portion of expenses related to employee compensation that were not effective prior to the reorganization as well as vested carried interest for departed partners.

(d)

Represents an adjustment to add back net income (loss) allocable to interest holders of Blackstone Holdings Limited Partners after the Reorganization recorded as Non-Controlling Interests.

(e)

Represent adjustments to eliminate interest expense in Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations on the assumption that the revolving credit facility was repaid in full from the proceeds of the offering.

(f)

Represent the provisions for and/or adjustments to income taxes that were calculated using the same methodology applied in calculating such amounts for the period after the reorganization.

The following table provides a reconciliation of Blackstone's GAAP Weighted-Average Common Units Outstanding - Diluted to Weighted-Average Economic Net Income Adjusted Units - Diluted.

 
Year Ended
December 31, 2007
GAAP Weighted-Average Common Units Outstanding - Diluted 259,979,606
Adjustments:
Weighted-Average Partnership Units Outstanding 827,151,349
Weighted-Average Unvested Deferred Restricted Common Units Outstanding 34,108,113

Weighted-Average Economic Net Income Adjusted Units - Diluted

1,121,239,068
THE BLACKSTONE GROUP L.P.
Supplemental Metrics
(Dollars in Thousands)
 
  As of and for the Quarter Ended  
December 31,   December 31,

 

2007 2006

% Variance

Total Assets Under Management
(End of Period)
Corporate Private Equity $ 31,802,951 $ 29,808,110 7 %
Real Estate 26,128,049 12,796,999 104 %
MAAM   44,496,372   26,907,093 65 %
$ 102,427,372 $ 69,512,202 47 %
Fee-Earning Assets Under Management
(End of Period) (a)
Corporate Private Equity $ 25,040,513 $ 21,122,326 19 %
Real Estate 18,637,673 9,084,168 105 %
MAAM   39,474,067   24,588,966 61 %
$ 83,152,253 $ 54,795,460 52 %
Weighted-Average Fee-Earning
Assets Under Management
(For the Quarter Ended) (a)
Corporate Private Equity $ 24,901,101 $ 20,027,537 24 %
Real Estate 18,233,924 8,951,437 104 %
MAAM   38,490,788   24,124,955 60 %
$ 81,625,813 $ 53,103,929 54 %
Weighted-Average Fee-Earning
Assets Under Management
(Year to Date Period Ended) (a)
Corporate Private Equity $ 23,725,437 $ 20,070,331 18 %
Real Estate 16,527,761 8,984,748 84 %
MAAM   33,438,382   19,978,875 67 %
$ 73,691,580 $ 49,033,954 50 %
Limited Partner Capital Deployed
(For the Quarter Ended)
Corporate Private Equity $ 2,333,634 $ 3,360,308 (31 %)
Real Estate   4,042,777   896,048 351 %
$ 6,376,411 $ 4,256,356 50 %
Limited Partner Capital Deployed
(Year to Date Period Ended)
Corporate Private Equity $ 6,331,304 $ 7,549,449 (16 %)
Real Estate   8,171,854   3,130,945 161 %
$ 14,503,158 $ 10,680,394 36 %
Fund Level Unrealized Value (b)
(End of Period)
Corporate Private Equity
Cost $ 14,581,039 $ 10,249,575 42 %
Unrealized Value $ 17,513,072 $ 13,817,216 27 %
Real Estate
Cost $ 9,856,050 $ 3,817,038 158 %
Unrealized Value $ 14,243,289 $ 6,793,739 110 %
_________________________

(a)

 

Excludes unrealized values which Blackstone is entitled to receive in carried interest.

(b)

Cost and unrealized value represents the cost of those fund investments and related unrealized value on which Blackstone is entitled to receive carried interest when a fund achieves cumulative investment returns in excess of a specified rate.

Contacts

The Blackstone Group
Joan Solotar, +1-212-583-5068 (Investor Relations)
solotar@blackstone.com
Peter Rose, +1-212-583-5871 (Media Relations)
rose@blackstone.com

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Contacts

The Blackstone Group
Joan Solotar, +1-212-583-5068 (Investor Relations)
solotar@blackstone.com
Peter Rose, +1-212-583-5871 (Media Relations)
rose@blackstone.com