By Chibuike Oguh
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Apollo Global Management (NYSE:) Inc reported a 6% year-on-year increase in its third-quarter net income on Wednesday, as strong growth in fee revenue driven by direct lending more than offset a steep drop in asset sales from its private equity business.
The New York-based firm said its adjusted net income rose to $800.5 million in the three months to Sept. 30, up from $752.6 million a year ago. It resulted in adjusted net income per share of $1.33, slightly above the average analyst estimate of $1.23, according to Refinitiv data.
Apollo said its fee-related earnings reached a record $364.6 million, as income from transaction and advisory fees for arranging private debt financings jumped 60% to a record $104.6 million. The firm has capitalized on the jittery debt markets by providing more debt for leveraged buyouts than many risk-averse banks are willing to.
Spread-related earnings, which Apollo generates by investing the capital of its retirement services provider Athene, was $578.1 million, reflecting higher profit from rising interest rates.
Apollo’s income from its private equity business fell sharply by 91% to $50.1 million, as the firm cashed out on fewer assets from its portfolio because of the market downturn. Its flagship private equity funds depreciated 0.3%, while its corporate credit funds gained 0.9%.
By contrast, Blackstone (NYSE:) Inc and KKR & Co (NYSE:) Inc reported 0.3% and 4% declines, respectively, in their private equity funds during the quarter.
Under generally accepted accounting principles, Apollo reported a $876 million net loss, compared with a net income of $249 million a year ago owing to investment losses and Athene’s insurance liabilities.
Apollo made $37 billion worth of investments, raised $34 billion of new capital, and retained $51 billion of unspent capital during the quarter. Its assets under management reached a record $523 billion and it declared a dividend of 39.84 cents per share.