* Q2 post-tax ENI of 73 cents/share vs estimated 74 cents
* Q2 distributable earnings of $324 mln vs $163 mln yr-ago
* Assets under management of $202.7 bln at end-June
July 30 (Reuters) - Carlyle Group LP said Wednesday its second-quarter earnings doubled from a year earlier as it continued to sell parts of its private equity portfolio and one of its European buyout funds started paying performance fees.
Like its major peers, Carlyle has diversified beyond corporate buyouts into alternative credit, real estate and funds of funds. Yet private equity dominated its income, accounting for 32 percent of assets under management but 65 percent of its earnings in the quarter.
Carlyle said economic net income (ENI), an earnings metric that factors in the mark-to-market value of its portfolio, soared to $318 million in the second quarter from $156 million a year earlier, as it took advantage of a stock market rally and buoyant capital markets to exit more of its portfolio companies.
That translated to post-tax ENI per adjusted unit of 73 cents versus the 74-cent average forecast of analysts in a Thomson Reuters poll.
Carlyle’s private equity fund portfolio appreciated by 5 percent in the quarter, in line with rival KKR & Co LP’s funds, but less than the private equity portfolio of Blackstone Group LP, which rose by 8.4 percent.
Carlyle Europe Partners III, a 5.3 billion euro ($7.1 billion) private equity fund that Carlyle launched in 2006, contributed to the earnings by starting to pay the 20 percent share of its profits that Carlyle is entitled to in the form of so-called carried interest.
The cash from that fund and the rest of Carlyle’s portfolio, which has 43 funds in total, contributed to $324 million in distributable earnings in the quarter, up from $163 million a year earlier.
Carlyle’s assets under management were $202.7 billion as of the end of June, up from $198.9 billion as of the end of March.
Carlyle declared a second-quarter dividend of 16 cents per common unit. (Reporting by Greg Roumeliotis in New York; Editing by Bernadette Baum)