NEW YORK– Blackstone (NYSE:BX) today announced that it has agreed to acquire DCI, a pioneer in quantitative credit investing with approximately $7.5 billion in AUM across the global investment grade, high yield and emerging corporate credit markets. The firm, based in San Francisco, applies a proprietary, fundamental-based, technology-driven model to deliver differentiated returns to clients. DCI is led by a team of seasoned professionals who are recognized experts in quantitative and systematic fixed income research.
DCI will become part of Blackstone Credit, a global leader in private lending, syndicated leveraged loans and collateralized loan obligations. The transaction will broaden Blackstone Credit’s capabilities in high yield and investment grade, enable the integration of DCI’s models and technology across the combined Blackstone Credit and DCI platforms and increase access to investors via a UCITs platform. DCI’s investment process will benefit from Blackstone’s resources, scale and deep relationships across global financial markets.
Dwight Scott, Global Head of Blackstone Credit, said: “DCI has a more than 15-year track record of developing and applying technology-driven strategies and is at the forefront of the evolution towards quantitative investing in the corporate bond market. DCI will strengthen and differentiate the solutions we provide to our retail, institutional and insurance clients.”
Tim Kasta, CEO of DCI, said: “Joining Blackstone Credit will provide DCI’s team and investors with access to unparalleled institutional resources and asset management expertise and accelerate the development of innovative solutions in corporate credit.”
Blackstone Credit is one of the world’s largest credit-focused asset managers, with $135 billion in AUM and a team of over 350 professionals (as of September 30, 2020). Its strategies cover the corporate credit market, with leading positions in both liquid and private markets.