SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 12, 2007
The Blackstone Group L.P.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
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345 Park Avenue
New York, New York
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(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On November 12, 2007, The Blackstone Group L.P. issued a press release announcing financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2007.
A copy of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1. All information in the press release is furnished but not filed.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
In the attached press release, Blackstone discloses the following non-GAAP financial measures:
Economic Net Income, or ENI, which represents net income excluding the impact of income taxes, non-cash charges associated with the vesting of transaction related equity-based compensation and the amortization of intangibles. However, the historical condensed combined financial statements do not include these non-cash charges nor do such financial statements reflect compensation expenses including profit sharing arrangements associated with senior managing directors, departed partners and other selected employees which were accounted for as partnership distributions prior to the initial public offering but are now included as a component of compensation and benefits expense. Therefore, ENI is equivalent to income before taxes in the historical condensed combined financial statements. ENI is used by management for Blackstones segments in making resource deployment and compensation decisions.
Pro Forma Economic Net Income, which gives pro forma effect to Blackstones pre-initial public offering reorganization and initial public offering as if these had occurred on January 1, 2006 and represents Economic Net Income adjusted to eliminate the revenues and expenses of the businesses that were not contributed as part of the reorganization, reflect expenses related to employee compensation and profit sharing arrangements that were not effective prior to the reorganization and eliminate interest expense.
Pro Forma Adjusted Economic Net Income After Taxes represents Pro Forma Economic Net Income adjusted to reflect that no compensation expense on profit sharing plans adopted post the date of the reorganization was incurred prior thereto for comparability with actual results reported for the three months ended September 30, 2007 and reflects the provision for income taxes.
Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations, which represents net cash flows used in operating activities adjusted for cash flows relating to changes in operating assets and liabilities, Blackstone funds-related investment activity, net realized gains on investments, differences in timing of realized gains between The Blackstone Group L.P. and the Blackstone funds, minority interest related to departed partners, non-controlling interests in income of consolidated entities and other non-cash adjustments.
Pro Forma Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations, which gives pro forma effect to Blackstones pre-initial public offering reorganization and initial public offering as if these had occurred on January 1, 2006 and represents Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations adjusted to eliminate the cash flows of entities that were not contributed as part of the reorganization, reflect the cash portion of expenses related to employee compensation that were not effective prior to the reorganization, eliminated interest expense and reflect the provisions for income taxes.
Economic Net Income is a key performance measure used by management. Management considers Economic Net Income an important measure of value creation and benchmarks its performance against Economic Net Income. Blackstone believes that Economic Net Income and Pro Forma Economic Net Income after taxes, when presented in conjunction with comparable GAAP measures, are useful for investors as appropriate measures for evaluating its operating performance.
Blackstone has managed its historical liquidity and capital requirements by focusing on its cash flows before consolidation of the Blackstone funds and the effect of normal changes in assets and liabilities which it anticipates will be settled for cash within one year. Normal movements in Blackstones short-term assets and liabilities do not affect its distribution decisions given its current and historically available borrowing capability. Blackstone uses adjusted cash flow from operations as a supplemental measure of liquidity to assess liquidity and amounts available for distributions to Blackstone unit holders, including Blackstone personnel.
Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP are included in the attached press release. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to and not as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance presented in accordance with GAAP.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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|Exhibit 99.1||Press release of The Blackstone Group L.P., dated November 12, 2007.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: November 13, 2007
The Blackstone Group L.P.
Blackstone Group Management L.L.C.,
its general partner
|Name:||Robert L. Friedman|
|Title:||Chief Legal Officer|