Blackstone (BX) Might Divest Thomson Reuters' FXall Unit

The Blackstone Group L.P.BX is mulling to divest Thomson Reuters Corp's TRI currency trading platform - FXall - after it closes the deal to acquire the latter's financial and risk arm. The news was reported by Bloomberg.

FXall is a platform for foreign exchange trading and workflow solutions for asset managers, banks, corporate treasurers and hedge funds. Thomson Reuters had acquired FXall in 2012 for about $625 million.

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported that the unit can be divested for about $3 billion. However, no final decision has been taken so far.

Blackstone seeks to analyze the sale of FXall after acquiring 55% stake in Refinitiv, the new name for Thomson's division, expected to be acquired by Oct 1, 2018. The deal was announced in January 2018 for nearly $17 billion with co-investors Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and GIC Pte, Singapore's sovereign wealth fund.

Blackstone remains actively involved in undertaking inorganic growth strategies. On Sep 13, the company agreed to acquire Luminor through a corporate partnership with a consortium led by private equity funds managed by it. As part of the deal, the consortium will acquire a 60% majority stake for €1 billion.

Further, in July 2018, it agreed to acquire Averys, manufacturer of customized racking and storage solutions for warehouses, from Equistone Partners Europe. Blackstone expects Averys' leading position in its markets to enable it to continue growing both organically and through M&As.

Notably, Blackstone remains well poised to drive overall improvement. At its Investor Day held on Sep 21, the company said that it targets assets under management of more than $1 trillion in another eight years backed by its strong growth profile and focus on innovation.

Also, Blackstone continues to benefit from diversified products and revenue mix. Its robust fund-raising ability is expected to support profitability. However, consistently rising expenses deter bottom-line growth to some extent.

In six months' time, the stock has gained 22.8% against 3.7% decline recorded by the industry .

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