Carlyle Group calls 2008 a “humbling experience”

May 28, 2009

Private equity firm The Carlyle Group gave a blunt assessment of 2008, when a financial crisis pulled three of its portfolio companies — German auto parts maker Edscha, energy company SemGroup
and Hawaiian Telcom — into bankruptcy protection or administration.
In its annual report, Carlyle told investors “the year 2008 was a humbling experience for us and most of the financial services industry. After several years of unprecedented growth, product innovation, geographic expansion, capital deployment and investment gains, our world changed dramatically.”
Going forward, Carlyle takes a cautious view.
“In 2008, the financial landscape change — and it will remain changed for the foreseeable future. Operating conditions for our portfolio companies will remain challenging. Transactions will be fewer and smaller. More equity will be required and debt terms will be less favorable. And hold periods will increase while returns will decrease.”

Click here to see the full Carlyle Group annual report.

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