Blackstone Blog

  • May 18, 2012

    Blackstone’s SeaWorld Announces Opening of Aquatica San Antonio

    SeaWorld, a Blackstone portfolio company, today announced the opening of its newest waterpark, Aquatica San Antonio, in Texas. Construction of Aquatica San Antonio began in May 2011 and it is the single largest investment the company has made since 1988.
  • May 16, 2012

    New Faces, Old Themes: in Technology, Long-term Earnings Growth is Still the Key Determinant of Value

    My colleagues and I in Blackstone’s Technology Advisory group recently hosted a series of dinners in San Francisco and New York to discuss the trends du jour with many of the thought leaders in the tech sector. Invariably, given all of the excitement around the Facebook IPO, much of the discussion ended up focusing on this topic. Facebook’s IPO, the third largest in U.S. history behind Visa and GM, is certainly cause for much discussion. Here we have a company with $3.7 billion in revenues that last traded in the private markets at a valuation north of $100 billion. That implies a trailing revenue multiple of over 27x, for those doing the math. As such, Facebook, at eight years old, has eclipsed the valuation of such venerable U.S. brands as McDonald’s, Caterpillar, Boeing, American Express, and Amazon, and at pricing is expected to have a valuation higher than Dell, HP, and Adobe, combined.
  • Apr 24, 2012

    Blackstone's Ken Allen Reacts to DG's Acquisition of Semantic Technology Firm, Peer39

    Yesterday TV and online ad platform DG announced the acquisition of semantic technology firm, Peer39. AdExchanger asked Ken Allen, Director, Head of Digital Media and Internet Advisory with Blackstone Advisory Partners, LP, his reaction to the deal and the opportunity with digital ad, targeting data. The article can be found here.
  • Mar 29, 2012

    Blackstone President Tony James Discusses Investment Opportunities with the Financial Times

    In an interview with Financial Times Correspondent Henny Sender, Blackstone President Tony James discusses the importance of safeguarding returns for pension funds, and opportunities in the real estate and energy markets.
  • Mar 26, 2012

    Rescuing America’s Industrial Base

    At a time when much of America’s industrial base is struggling to survive, Blackstone was able to help reopen a shuttered refinery in Delaware City, which was shut down by a previous owner in 2009. Blackstone and its partners provided the capital and operational expertise to restart the refinery, implement a complete turnaround of the facility, save and create thousands of jobs, and ultimately impact the economic health of the surrounding community. This is an example of the positive impact private capital can and should have on restarting America's industrial base.
  • Mar 08, 2012

    Blackstone’s GSO Partners with Native Alaskan Corporation to Acquire GIS

    In early 2011, a bulge bracket bank had fully committed to finance a $435 million loan to NANA Development Corporation (NDC). Proceeds from the transaction were expected to fund the company’s acquisition of Grand Isle Shipyard (GIS), one of the largest oilfield services businesses in the Gulf of Mexico, and to repay existing debt. By June 2011, amid the burgeoning panic surrounding the European fiscal situation, the loan faced unclear prospects of syndication, resulting in a potentially large concentration of risk on the bank’s balance sheet. The bank contacted Blackstone’s Credit Business, GSO Capital Partners, to assist in the restructuring of the transaction, which would facilitate GSO’s funding of a substantial portion of the commitment.
  • Mar 05, 2012

    Blackstone LaunchPad Students Partner with One Hen to Kick Off Mentorship Program

    Today the Blackstone Charitable Foundation kicked off a strategic mentorship program as part of its Entrepreneurship Initiative at two Detroit area schools. Blackstone LaunchPad students from Walsh College and Wayne State University will provide their entrepreneurial expertise and real world knowledge to middle school students participating in One Hen Academy’s program.
  • Mar 01, 2012

    British Prime Minister David Cameron Endorses Center Parcs Expansion

    Blackstone Portfolio Company, Center Parcs, one of the UK’s leading holiday and short break providers, announced today that it will start construction on a fifth site at Woburn, creating a total of 1500 new jobs, plus more than 1200 construction jobs. Investment funds managed by Blackstone and lending banks will back the £250 million new site.
  • Feb 24, 2012

    $850M Invested in Critical Hospital System in Detroit

    Blackstone portfolio company, Detroit Medical Center, invests $850M in critical hospital system in Detroit.
  • Feb 15, 2012

    Blackstone President and COO Tony James Defends Private Equity

    In a February 7th interview on Bloomberg News, Blackstone President and COO Tony James defended private equity and discussed the critical role it has in boosting the economy and safeguarding jobs. He also comments on Europe, opportunities there and Blackstone’s businesses.
  • Nov 29, 2011

    Blackstone’s Real Estate Group Kicks off Mentorship Program

    Blackstone’s Real Estate group kicked off a mentorship program with Harlem Village Academies. Employees from Blackstone’s Real Estate group in New York visited the Harlem Village Academy Middle School on 144th Street and participated in their weekly Community Circle as well as spent one-on-one reading time with students from grades five through eight. Blackstone employees will continue to mentor students from Harlem Village Academies helping them to advance their reading skills and reach their academic goals.
  • Nov 18, 2011

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Expands LaunchPad Program to Northeast Ohio

    The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced a $3.2 million, three-year partnership with the Ohio-based Burton D. Morgan Foundation to train the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio.
  • Nov 09, 2011

    Blackstone's Tony James on the Critical Role of Private Capital in Safeguarding American Industry and Jobs

    Blackstone President and COO Tony James recently spoke at an event celebrating the reopening of the PBF Delaware City Refinery. The refinery was closed in 2009 by its previous owner leaving hundreds out of work. Blackstone's willingness to invest risk capital to restart the refinery and execute a complete turnaround of the facility saved more than 700 jobs, will lead to the creation of thousands more secondary jobs and is already having a wide reaching impact on the Delaware community. Tony James said, “Saving this refinery is what private equity is all about. If we are going to get America going again we need to save struggling, traditional American businesses that employ thousands of people.”
  • Nov 01, 2011

    Blackstone’s Mary Anne Citrino Funds Cambodian School

    December 2007 marked the first of several trips Blackstone’s Mary Anne Citrino would make to Cambodia. The occasion celebrated the opening of a school which she funded together with her husband and three children, Cheyenne, Dillon and Colter. Construction of the Dicheycol School began in April of the same year, in Ang Krong Village, located just two hours north of Phnom Penh. Continued support from the Citrino family ensures the education of the village’s boys and girls through middle and high school. The school is made up of 8 classrooms, 3 teachers and 123 students.
  • Oct 25, 2011

    Steve Schwarzman Delivers Keynote Address At Annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner

    On October 20th, Steve Schwarzman delivered the keynote address at the 66th annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner. The dinner, hosted in memory of former New York Governor Alfred E. Smith, raises millions of dollars for charitable endeavors in New York City. This year’s dinner raised a record amount of $2.2 million and was attended by Governor Andrew Cuomo, State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, and many others from the New York political establishment.
  • Oct 18, 2011

    “Rare Air” – A Discussion with Blackstone’s Eric McAlpine on Tech Valuations

    This interview appeared on the ‘13 Hours to Think’ blog by Jeff Richards, a Partner at GGV Capital in Silicon Valley. It was posted on October 18, 2011.
  • Oct 12, 2011

    Blackstone Climbers Raise Over $136,000 to End Domestic Violence

    On October 6th over 60 Blackstone employees supported inMotion in climbing the stairs of 1411 Broadway -a 42-story skyscraper owned by Blackstone's investors - in support of inMotion's “Story by Story” climb to end domestic violence. Captained by Erik Lisher, and assisted by Tim Coleman, Jon Gray and Jacob Werner, the Blackstone team raised over $136,000 and is expected to be named once again the top fundraising team. In total, the stair climb event will likely raise over $636,000, made possible through the generous donations of more than 3,700 donors.
  • Oct 11, 2011

    Blackstone President and COO Tony James comments on the critical role private equity played in reopening the Delaware City Refinery

    “Saving this refinery is what private equity is all about. It's great that a couple of 20-year-olds can start a web site in a garage and make billions of dollars with venture capital. But if we are going to get America going again, we need to save struggling, traditional American businesses that employ thousands of people. And to do that, we need patient equity in large amounts that provide strong capital bases. Only private equity can fill this need. The 2000 jobs potentially created by this reopening are a win for the pension funds we manage, the workers here at the refinery, the State of Delaware and the economy of the U.S. Let's use it as a model for the future.”
  • Oct 07, 2011

    Blackstone Portfolio Company PBF Energy Marks Official Reopening of Delaware City Refinery

    Today, Blackstone President and COO Tony James attended an event to celebrate the official reopening of the Delaware City petroleum refinery, which was closed in 2009 by a previous owner. Mr. James toured the refinery and delivered remarks at the event, attended by Delaware Governor Jack Markell, U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, International Vice President of the United Steelworkers Gary Beevers, and First Reserve Managing Director Tim Day, as well as other dignitaries and employees of the refinery.
  • Oct 07, 2011

    Blackstone Charitable Foundation Invests in Maine

    The Blackstone Charitable Foundation today announced the launch of a new $3 million regional initiative - Blackstone Accelerates Growth - designed to ignite growth at start-ups and existing high potential companies throughout this rural state and help Maine transition from a historically resource based economy to an innovation economy. Working closely with business and civic leaders, the Blackstone initiative will establish regional hubs of innovation and entrepreneurship that target training, coaching and mentoring services to the state’s most promising businesses primed for growth.