Blackstone Writes Down Four Of Five Funds

Mar 3 2009 | 1:55am ET

The Blackstone Group wrote down the value of four out of five private equity funds it manages, according to a letter to investor.

The New York-based p.e. giant, which reported a fourth-quarter loss of $827.1 million last week, did no better by its clients than it did by its investors. Three of the five funds covered by the letter posted double-digit losses last year, Reuters reports, while just one enjoyed a positive return. All told, Blackstone wrote down the value of its p.e. portfolio by 20% in the fourth quarter alone, and 31% on the year.

Blackstone’s $21.7 billion Fund V, which it closed in August 2007, was written down 35%. The $6.45 billion Fund IV fell 20%, while Fund III lost 17%. A communications and media fund fell 48%. The only fund in positive ground last year was Fund II, which rose 2%.

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