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The Carlyle Group is Thinking of Going Public... Believe it or Not!



September 17, 2009 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: GS , JPM , BRK-B

How extraordinary! Carlyle -- one of the world's largest alternative investment firms -- is apparently examining plans to go public. It's as if the credit crisis had never occurred. 

Carlyle Revisits Public Listing, Financial Times, September 16, 2009  [Login may be required]

I'm positive any offering would be heavily oversubscribed... just as Blackstone's June 2007 IPO was. Here's how the two large publicly-traded alternative investment firms have performed since their listings:

Relative Performance From IPO: Blackstone Group & Fortress Investment Group

P.T. Barnum supposedly said that "there's a sucker born every minute". I'm sure the folks at Carlyle have no quarrel with the legendary circus man on that point.



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