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Carlyle Distributes $6.4 Billion as Stakes Gain 10% in Quarter

Carlyle Group, the buyout firm that may go public this year, distributed more than $6.4 billion to investors in the first quarter, the most in its 24-year history, as market rebounds made it easier to sell holdings.

The figure was disclosed by Carlyle in an April 15 letter to investors that didn’t say how profitable the investments were. The value of the Washington-based firm’s private-equity holdings rose 10 percent in the quarter and 46 percent in 12 months, according to the letter, beating broad market gauges.