Private-equity managers from Fortress Investment Group LLC to Blackstone Group LP, which made billions by buying low and selling high, say now is the time to exit investments as stocks rally and interest rates start to rise.
Fortress, the first publicly traded buyout firm in the U.S., is preparing holdings for public offerings while struggling to find attractive new deals, Wesley Edens, who runs Fortress’s $14.3 billion private-equity business, said on a conference call with investors yesterday. That environment extends to credit and distressed investments, said Pete Briger, who oversees the New York-based firm’s $12.5 billion credit business.
The stock market rally helped push up average prices for LBOs to nine times earnings, Black said in April. A reasonable buyout price is less than eight times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), according to consulting firm Bain & Co.