An Overview Carlyle Group IPO: Company Profile, Competitors and Reviews

The Carlyle Group L.P. is one of the fastest growing investment firms, which specialize in direct investment as well as fund of fund investment proceedings. The company offers a wide range of investment schemes, including divestitures, management led buyouts, strategic minority equities, leveraged finance, capital financing and many more. The working trend of the company clearly indicates that their investments are concentrated in the field of media sectors, telecommunications, business services, transportation, financial services, real estate, technology, healthcare, power, energy, infrastructure, industrial, retail, consumer, automotive, defense, technology, aerospace and agriculture.

The investment made by the firm is not concentrated in the United States and United Kingdom only. They seek to invest in South America, North America, Middle East, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Healthcare, food and financial sector of Western China has also acquired investments from this company. The investments of the fund are generally for a period of three years to five years. Since its inception in the year 1987, the company has it’s headquarter in Washington D.C.


Carlyle Group L.P has to stand in the highly competitive investment market and they have several strategies to stay ahead from their competitors. The company mainly has to compete in two fields, viz. financial services and investment firms. Some of the competitors of the firm are listed below along with their location:

  • Forstmann Little & Co. is considered to be the major competitor of the company. The company is based in New York City, New York.
  • Another New York based company, The Goldman Sachs Group. Inc also poses a tough competition to the firm. The Goldman Sachs Group has a good reputation in the business.
  • Investcorp Bank B.S.C, which is based in Manama, Bahrain, is also a tough competitor of this Washington D.C based investment firm.
  • Apart from the above three, the firm has to handle competition from different other firms based in New York, Dallas and Los Angeles as well as other parts of the world. The regional investment companies of the places where the firm works also poses competition.

 IPO Filing

Carlyle has decided to go public for increasing their funding in different sector. Hence, the company has registered with SEC of USA for an IPO to raise up to $ 100 million by 2012. However, it did not mention about the number of shares and the price of each share that it would release. Even though the stock market is not quite favorable these days, the company expects positive response from the market.


The Carlyle Group L.P presently has assets of approximately $153 billion. The PEI 300 listings have ranked the company in the third position among the largest private equity companies of the world. The company is just behind TPG Capital firm and the Goldman Sachs Principal Investment Area.

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