Carlyle Group Denies FT Report of Upcoming IPO

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Private equity firm Carlyle has resumed deliberations about a possible public listing, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, but the company immediately denied such plans.

In an emailed statement, Carlyle said: “Carlyle has no plans to go public and if we ever do go public, it will be a long way off.”

The paper, citing people familiar with the matter, said any initial public offering by Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle would be at least six to nine months away. It said the firm has not reached a decision on whether to list its shares.

A source familiar with Carlyle’s plans told Reuters that while it is something that Carlyle has considered for many years, and continues to do so, any possible IPO is several years off.

If Carlyle took such a route, it would follow rival Blackstone Group (BX.N) which listed in 2007 and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co [KKR.UL], which has announced plans to list through a complex transaction that involves buying its European fund.

The Financial Times reported that Carlyle’s interest in an IPO had been signaled in recent weeks by its chief financial officer, Peter Nachtwey, a former Deloitte & Touche partner hired in 2007 after he worked on Blackstone’s listing.

The paper said that Nachtwey held talks with Blackstone about how it accounts for its holdings now it is a listed company, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Blackstone was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Megan Davies; Editing by Richard Chang)