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Was the Blackstone Public Debut A Letdown?

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Yes, the offering priced at $31 opened 18% higher at $36.55. Yes, Erin Burnett and Mark Haines could barely contain themselves all morning. Yes, DealBreaker wrote 131 articles about the whole thing on Friday alone.
But some people—cynical assholes—seem to think the BX offering was underwhelming. Andrew Ross Sorkin notes Paul Kedrosky, executive director of the William J. von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the UCSD found the first day pop “scant,” that lead underwriter Morgan Stanley may have priced Blackstone’s units “low,” and that the offering paled in comparison to that of Fortress, Bukkake Party of IPOs, whose offer surged 68%.
ARS points out, however, that Tom Wolfe was on the scene, and that’s got to mean something. Indeed it does: an open bar (according to 24.3% of the DealBreaker audience). The $7.7 Billion Man and the $1.88 Billion Man (Crab Claws and Peterson, respectively) probably don’t much care either way whether or not you think Friday was a day that will live in infamy but, just for kicks, let’s hear it. The man who enabled “The Manny” deserves no free pass.
A Glamorous Public Debut for Blackstone [NYT]