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Should Blackstone Take Itself Private?

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After the monumental IPO last month, Blackstone Group may already be an appealing target for private equity, Slate columnist Daniel Gross suggests.
What makes a good target? Slumping stock, healthy margins, lots of cash, valuable brand name, manageable debt, liability in public ownership. Check, check, check, check, check, check.

There's a final bonus to Blackstone taking Blackstone private. Buyout firms pay substantial fees to the investment bankers who steer them toward targets, and help structure, and negotiate deals. Blackstone, of course, has a well-regarded financial advisory unit. So, Blackstone's partners could essentially pay themselves for advising themselves to take Blackstone private.

Before the IPO, Institutional Investor predicted a Blackstone reprivatization in 2012, but with stock down 25% since June, this may be a conservative estimate. BX is trading down 1.75% today at $25.91.

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