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Saudi Investment Helps Solidify Long Thesis For Blackstone

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Shares of Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) gained more than 6 percent on Monday and hit a new 52-week high of $32.10 after the company successfully raised $20 billion for an infrastructure fund.

The government of Saudi Arabia pledged $20 billion to Blackstone's newly created infrastructure investment vehicle with the ultimate aim of raising another $20 billion from other investments and ultimately bring the total to $100 billion.

Hope For Infrastructure?

While this may be an encouraging development to kick-start a much needed program of repairing roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects, the capital raise is a positive for Blackstone's equity investors.

Credit Suisse's Craig Siegenthaler maintains an Outperform rating on Blackstone's stock with a price target raised from $42 to $45 after the announcement. According to the analyst, Blackstone could raise another $40 billion of additional capital for infrastructure investments by the end of 2018 and the infrastructure business will add up to 10 cents of incremental Fee Related Earnings by 2020.

The analyst is also estimating that the infrastructure unit will generate around $0.20 of carry/year on average when its assets under management reaches just $40 billion.

Bottom line, to date, the largest infrastructure fund ever created was Global Infrastructure Partners' $15.8 billion initiative. However, Blackstone's fund would likely be at least three times the size or more and will target gross returns in the 10 to 15 percent range with one-third of returns derived in the form of capital return.

At last check, shares of Blackstone were up 6.83 percent at $31.91.

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