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): August 20, 2009
The Blackstone Group L.P.
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
345 Park Avenue
New York, New York
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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|Item 1.01||Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.|
|Item 2.03||Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant.|
On August 20, 2009, The Blackstone Group L.P. (the Partnership), Blackstone Holdings I L.P., Blackstone Holdings II L.P., Blackstone Holdings III L.P. and Blackstone Holdings IV L.P., each indirect subsidiaries of the Partnership (collectively with the Partnership, the Guarantors), and Blackstone Holdings Finance Co. L.L.C., an indirect subsidiary of the Partnership (the Issuer), entered into an indenture (the Base Indenture), as supplemented by that certain first supplemental indenture (the First Supplemental Indenture and, together with the Base Indenture, the Indenture) with The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee (the Trustee), relating to the issuance by the Issuer of $600,000,000 aggregate principal amount of its 6.625% Senior Notes due 2019 (the Notes).
The Notes bear interest at a rate of 6.625% per annum, accruing from August 20, 2009. Interest is payable semiannually in arrears on February 15 and August 15 of each year, commencing on February 15, 2010. The Notes will mature on August 15, 2019, unless earlier redeemed or repurchased. The Notes are unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Issuer. The Notes will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed (the Guarantees), jointly and severally, by each of the Guarantors. The Guarantees are unsecured and unsubordinated obligations of the Guarantors.
The Indenture includes covenants, including limitations on the Issuers and the Guarantors ability to, subject to exceptions, incur indebtedness secured by liens on voting stock or profit participating equity interests of their subsidiaries or merge, consolidate or sell, transfer or lease assets. The Indenture also provides for events of default and further provides that the Trustee or the holders of not less than 25% in aggregate principal amount of the outstanding Notes may declare the Notes immediately due and payable upon the occurrence and during the continuance of any event of default after expiration of any applicable grace period. In the case of specified events of bankruptcy, insolvency, receivership or reorganization, the principal amount of the Notes and any accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes automatically become due and payable. All or a portion of the Notes may be redeemed at the Issuers option in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time, prior to their stated maturity, at the make-whole redemption price set forth in the Notes. If a change of control repurchase event occurs, the Notes are subject to repurchase by the Issuer at a repurchase price in cash equal to 101% of the aggregate principal amount of the Notes repurchased plus any accrued and unpaid interest on the Notes repurchased to, but not including, the date of repurchase.
The preceding is a summary of the terms of the Base Indenture, the First Supplemental Indenture and the form of the Notes, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Base Indenture attached as Exhibit 4.1 to this report, the First Supplemental Indenture attached as Exhibit 4.2 to this report and the form of the Notes attached as Exhibit 4.3 to this report, which are incorporated herein by reference as though they were fully set forth herein.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|4.1||Indenture dated as of August 20, 2009 among Blackstone Holdings Finance Co. L.L.C., The Blackstone Group L.P., Blackstone Holdings I L.P., Blackstone Holdings II L.P., Blackstone Holdings III L.P., Blackstone Holdings IV L.P. and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee.|
|4.2||First Supplemental Indenture dated as of August 20, 2009 among Blackstone Holdings Finance Co. L.L.C., The Blackstone Group L.P., Blackstone Holdings I L.P., Blackstone Holdings II L.P., Blackstone Holdings III L.P., Blackstone Holdings IV L.P. and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee.|
|4.3||Form of 6.625% Senior Note due 2019 (included in Exhibit 4.2 hereto).|
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: August 20, 2009||The Blackstone Group L.P.|
Blackstone Group Management L.L.C.,
its general partner
/s/ Robert L. Friedman
|Name:||Robert L. Friedman|
|Title:||Chief Legal Officer|