Fourth-Quarter Revenue Likely Sank at Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley Key Stats
   This autumn 2022 (Est)  This autumn 2021  This autumn 2020
Adjusted EPS ($) $1.28 2.01 1.92
Income ($B) $12.5 14.5 13.6
 Funding Banking Income ($B) 1.3 2.6 2.4

Supply: Seen Alpha

The agency’s outcomes ought to reinforce the blended challenges banks and the remainder of the U.S. monetary sector have confronted because the Federal Reserve has raised rates of interest to battle inflation.

Financial coverage tightening despatched inventory and bond markets reeling final 12 months whereas elevating recession issues. Morgan Stanley’s shares have mirrored the broader financial uncertainty. They’ve fallen 7.5% prior to now 12 months, with the S&P 500 falling 14%.


JPMorgan Chase, Financial institution of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo all launched their fourth-quarter earnings outcomes Friday, the primary giant U.S. banks to take action. As anticipated, recession issues prompted them to extend the belongings they put aside to cowl potential mortgage losses. However rising internet curiosity revenue of their retail banking models, aided by rising rates of interest, helped cushion the unfavorable impacts of that elevated expense and decrease funding banking income from decreased M&A exercise.

Morgan Stanley, nonetheless, depends much less on curiosity revenue and extra on its asset and wealth administration companies, for which it receives percentage-based charges primarily based on the full quantity it manages—quantities that fell in 2022 as U.S. shares and bonds sank.

That phase usually accounts for a couple of third of Morgan Stanley’s income, and Seen Alpha estimates gross sales in that unit fell 16% within the fourth quarter.

Funding Banking Tanks

Struggling much more: the agency’s funding banking enterprise, which makes up a couple of fifth of its income. Seen Alpha tasks a 49% decline in gross sales for that unit, mirroring a malaise that slashed international funding banking income by half in the course of the quarter, in accordance with knowledge from Dealogic.

How lengthy the malaise persists stays unclear, however PwC in its current “US Offers 2023 Outlook” stated it sees some enchancment potential from final 12 months, throughout which simply 97 preliminary public choices acquired accomplished within the first three quarters of the 12 months, an 87% lower from the prior 12 months.

“The pool of potential IPOs is important and comprises good alternatives,” PwC’s report states. “Greater than 650 potential unicorns could also be searching for an exit, creating important alternatives for buyers and for corporates that might purchase VC-backed corporations.”

Monetary corporations may want that enhance because the year-over-year advantages of rising rates of interest in boosting internet revenue finally dissipate, although these advantages will proceed into this 12 months, stated R. Scott Siefers, an analyst with Piper Sandler.

“We appear to be nearing the top of this simply explosive growth in (internet curiosity) margins and virtually straight up transfer in (internet curiosity revenue),” Siefers stated. “Buyers will focus a lot much less on (banks) fourth-quarter precise outcomes than they are going to on the outlook.”

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