Morgan Stanley Restructures Investment Management Unit to Focus on Institutional Client Base
Will Sell Retail Asset Management Business, Including Van Kampen Investments, to Invesco and Maintain Minority Stake in Combined Firm; Long-Only Institutional Business to be Led by Its Portfolio Managers and Dedicated to Fundamental Research and Active Management
Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) today announced as part of a restructuring of its investment management division a definitive agreement to sell its retail asset management business, including Van Kampen Investments, Inc., to Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ), a leading independent global investment management company. This transaction allows the Firm to focus on its institutional client base - including corporations, pension plans, large intermediaries, foundations and endowments, sovereign wealth funds, and central banks, among others.
Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Invesco will purchase Morgan Stanley’s retail asset management business, operating under both the Morgan Stanley and Van Kampen brands, in a stock and cash transaction valued at $1.5 billion. Morgan Stanley will receive a 9.4 percent minority interest in Invesco, allowing the Firm to participate in the future growth of the combined Invesco and Morgan Stanley/Van Kampen businesses. The transaction, which has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is expected to close in mid-2010, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
James Gorman, Co-President of Morgan Stanley, said, "Our objective in Asset Management is straightforward: deliver superior performance for our clients, return our investment business to strong and consistent profitability, and reignite a best-in-class investment culture. This transaction is an important step in that direction. By taking a minority interest in Invesco, Morgan Stanley will be able to realize significant value in partnership with a world-class player.
“The combination of Invesco’s strong and diversified product portfolio with Van Kampen’s own product strengths and leading distribution capabilities will create a formidable new contender in the retail space - with the size and scale necessary to compete in today’s rapidly changing and consolidating marketplace. In addition, this transaction will mitigate certain affiliated product sales restrictions faced by Van Kampen portfolio managers since the closing of the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture.”
Going forward, Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) will be comprised of several distinct institutional-focused businesses. These include: a long-only institutional business (including equity and fixed income), a direct hedge fund business, a fund of funds business, a liquidity business, and a merchant banking business, including the Firm’s real estate, private equity and infrastructure units. In Japan, MSIM’s equity management businesses will be sold to Invesco as part of the transaction, but MSIM will retain its fixed income investment team and a sales and client service team to serve Japanese investors. The restructured MSIM would have approximately $267 billion in assets under management on a pro-forma basis as of September 30, 2009.
MSIM’s long-only institutional business will now be led by an Operating Committee comprised primarily of senior portfolio managers whose interests will be aligned with their individual portfolios and the broader business. Stu Bohart, Co-Head of MSIM, will chair the Operating Committee.
Mr. Bohart said, “Our role as a fiduciary is at the heart of everything we do at MSIM. We believe a more streamlined, portfolio manager-led organization dedicated to fundamental research and active asset management will put us in an even stronger position to produce superior long-term investment results in equity, fixed income and asset allocation; develop durable products of appropriate size; and deliver first-class client service. And by further aligning the interests of the Firm, senior staff and clients, we expect to enhance our ability to attract top investment management talent.”
Mr. Bohart continued, "We are refocusing our efforts towards greater profitability from a solid foundation, building on the strength and momentum already achieved in key businesses. We continue to see strong long-term performance in many of our actively managed strategies across the 1-year, 3-year, 5-year and 10-year time periods and look forward to building on the success of our investment partnerships with institutional investors and intermediaries globally.
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