NEW YORK May 7 Blackstone Group LP plans
to sell the 23.4 million shares of General Growth Properties Inc
it holds in four funds that were used to help the mall
company emerge from bankruptcy more than two years ago, General
Growth said on Tuesday.
The sale essentially means Blackstone has exited General
Growth, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange
Factoring in the cost of the shares, which also included 5
million warrants and later the spin-off of Rouse Properties Inc
, the fund's investment effectively was about $8.50 and
$9 per share. Based on the price of General Growth on Tuesday,
the sale would translate into a gross profit of between 154
percent and 169 percent.
"Blackstone has a finite timeline on its investment," Green
Street Advisors analyst Cedrik Lachance said. "I think it's
harvesting the profits from a highly successful investment."
Blackstone began selling its funds' shares in August last
year. It later sold back the warrants to General Growth in
General Growth shares were down 2 percent, or 47 cents, at
$22.86 in afternoon trading.