KKR & Co. L.P. (KKR), The Blackstone Group L.P. (BX): Two Strong Dividend-Paying Companies With Upward Potential

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Depending on their financial goals, investors’ asset allocation tactics vary widely. But companies offering high dividend payments while positioned for additional growth could fit nearly any portfolio. Private equity firms KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKRand The Blackstone Group L.P. (NYSE:BX) both fit the bill and deserve a look because of their investment success.


Operational excellence
KKR is a leading global private equity firm that focuses on energy & infrastructure, real estate, growth equity investments, and other sectors. In part because of its diversified portfolio, KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) boasts remarkable returns on its investments. For example, KKR’s first holding, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, has generated around 4.7 times cash to date on the original investment.The company has a three-year mean profit growth of 279%; Fortune lists Jazz as the fastest-growing company in 2013, and it is just one example of KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR)’s holdings.

Metric KKR Blackstone
ROA 13.56% 4.66%
ROE 14.67% 11.28%

Blackstone, a global investment and advisory firm, also invests wisely. Since announcing that it’s trying to cut back its finance division to reduce holdings and streamline operations, General Electric (NYSE:GE) has been looking for partnership or selling opportunities. Blackstone realized the potential there and capitalized on it. While official company reports are not yet released, Blackstone will likely purchase 80 rental properties worth $2.7 billion from the conglomerate. As a result, GE will be able to continue downsizing its balance sheet while using the cash to further fuel its strategic shift.

The apparent deal comes at a time when apartment-related real-estate investment trusts are falling in price. This is good news for buyer Blackstone, which is increasingly becoming involved in the rental market. It has invested over 30,000 rentals since the credit crisis started in 2008. Moving forward, Blackstone plans to add to its growing $5 billion rental portfolio so it can hold real assets while generating cash through the rental income.

Not only do KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) and Blackstone operate effectively, but they both utilize cash well.

Cash is not king, just a servant
Over time, and especially given inflation rates, cash is a deplorable investment. Consider Warren Buffett’s philosophy on cash:

The one thing I will tell you is the worst investment you can have is cash. […] Cash is going to become worthless over time. But good businesses are going to become worth more over time .[..] the thing to do is find a good business and stick with it. We always keep enough cash around so I feel very comfortable and don’t worry about sleeping at night. But it’s not because I like cash as an investment. Cash is a bad investment over time.

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