The Blackstone Group Earnings: Here’s Why the Stock is Rising Now

The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) delivered a profit and met Wall Street’s expectations, AND beat the revenue expectation. The revenue beat is a positive sign to shareholders seeking high growth out of the company. Shares are up 2.74%.

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The Blackstone Group Earnings Cheat Sheet

Results: Adjusted Earnings Per Share increased 25% to $0.55 in the quarter versus EPS of $0.44 in the year-earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 1.52% to $1.26 billion from the year-earlier quarter.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: The Blackstone Group reported adjusted EPS income of $0.55 per share. By that measure, the company missed the mean analyst estimate of $0.55. It beat the average revenue estimate of $1.16 billion.

Quoting Management: Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, Blackstone achieved strong first quarter results across the board. Revenue rose 29% year-over-year, and earnings were up 28%. Greater realizations, reaching $6 billion in the quarter, drove our second best quarter for cash earnings since becoming a public company. Blackstone also continues to show sustained asset growth. Although several of our investment businesses are already the largest of their kind in the world, every one reported year-over-year double-digit growth in total assets under management.

Key Stats (on next page)…

Revenue increased 17.35% from $1.07 billion in the previous quarter. EPS decreased 6.78% from $0.59 in the previous quarter.

Looking Forward: Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.51 to a profit $0.53. For the current year, the average estimate has moved up from a profit of $2.1 to a profit of $2.25 over the last ninety days.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)

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