|Bid||13.98 x 900|
|Ask||21.92 x 1000|
|Day's Range||21.86 - 22.01|
|52 Week Range||18.02 - 23.95|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.27|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||4.78|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.01 (4.60%)|
|1y Target Est||N/A|
Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley have distinct ways of doing business, with one focusing on high rewards and the other on caution.
(Bloomberg) -- Morgan Stanley famously nabbed this year’s largest initial public offering, thanks partly to its top technology banker’s moonlighting job as an Uber driver. But the firm is nowhere to be found on what’s shaping up to be the year’s second-biggest IPO, WeWork.Morgan Stanley stepped back from a lesser role in the deal after WeWork rejected its pitch to be the top underwriter, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The relationship became strained when the bank wouldn’t extend as much debt financing as WeWork was seeking from key lenders, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing non-public information.The lead roles on the IPO and debt financing are held by JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of WeWork’s biggest investors and a long-time banker to Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann. On the IPO alone, underwriters could slice up what could be more than $122 million in fees, assuming WeWork ends up paying 3.5%, a figure the company was discussing with banks this month. The final payout hasn’t been disclosed.After the snub, Morgan Stanley chose not to commit as much as its biggest rivals to a $6 billion credit facility for the loss-making company, complaining about WeWork’s risk profile and credit requirements, people with knowledge of the matter said. It did offer to contribute a smaller amount along with a commitment from the bank’s largest shareholder and occasional partner, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. But WeWork wasn’t interested in that kind of arrangement, they said.Bankers at the firm knew their decision to balk at the full credit commitment would risk Morgan Stanley’s role on an IPO, which is slated for September, some of them said. WeWork lost $690 million in the first half of the year, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.Representatives for Morgan Stanley, WeWork and MUFG declined to comment.Morgan Stanley’s move was a surprise, considering its years-long pursuit of WeWork’s business. Michael Grimes, the New York-based firm’s top technology banker, had previously made a pitch to Neumann for a starring role on the IPO, people familiar with the matter have said.Yet Grimes and Neumann didn’t hit it off, standing in the way of a closer partnership, the people said. Morgan Stanley’s competitors also had a leg up: Affiliates of both JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. are investors in the company.Morgan Stanley was among lenders that led a junk-bond offering for WeWork last year, and it previously underwrote almost $10 million of mortgages for Neumann’s own homes. It was also part of a credit facility almost four years ago with JPMorgan, Citigroup Inc. and Deutsche Bank AG.Morgan Stanley is also among WeWork’s clients. The bank hired the startup last year to overhaul some of its office space to make it more millennial-friendly.But unlike JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley wasn’t among banks to loan Neumann money with his privately held shares as collateral. That $500 million loan, which also involved UBS Group AG and Credit Suisse Group AG, was considered risky by Morgan Stanley’s bankers, the people said.WeWork’s IPO is expected to raise about $3.5 billion, second only this year to Uber Technologies Inc.’s $8.1 billion IPO in May. JPMorgan is leading WeWork’s $6 billion credit facility, and all the banks listed as arrangers are also underwriters on the IPO, including Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Corp., Citigroup and Barclays Plc.Morgan Stanley could still do business with WeWork in the future, people familiar with the matter said.(Updates with client relationship in 10th paragraph.)\--With assistance from Michelle F. Davis.To contact the reporters on this story: Sonali Basak in New York at email@example.com;Gillian Tan in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alan Goldstein at email@example.com, Steve Dickson, Daniel TaubFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- When WeWork Cos.’ Adam Neumann sits down with investment bankers, he’s known to casually mention one of his longtime financial advisers: JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon.Neumann and Dimon chat from time to time. A JPMorgan fund bought a stake in WeWork five years ago and the bank has since propelled the startup’s growth, providing more financing than any other lender. When Neumann wanted to use his stock to borrow money, the bank made it happen. When he added to his collection of luxury homes, JPMorgan was the lender, issuing almost $40 million in mortgages.Now all of that attention is poised to pay off.As WeWork prepares for an initial public offering next month, Dimon’s bank is helping Neumann’s company line up its most ambitious fundraising yet: a $6 billion package of debt financing that depends upon the IPO raising at least $3 billion. Behind the scenes, JPMorgan has indicated it will contribute $800 million of the loans, more than any other lender. The bank also is expected to take the coveted first -- or lead left -- position in WeWork’s syndicate for the IPO, giving the firm bragging rights and a hefty chunk of the fees.“It’s a well-known company with explosive growth and big-name backers,” EquityZen analyst Adam Augusiak-Boro said in an interview. And “there certainly is this allure of large fees.”The unorthodox pairing of debt and equity injections could pose unusual challenges for JPMorgan’s bankers, along with reputational damage if the IPO flops. WeWork achieved a $47 billion valuation in its latest private fundraising, a level that now looks like a stretch for its market debut, Augusiak-Boro said. But if all goes well, JPMorgan stands to profit handsomely over the long term.A fund within JPMorgan Asset Management reported a stake in WeWork that has multiplied in value over the past half decade, to surpass $600 million, a regulatory filing from last month shows. A successful listing could help the firm monetize that holding.WeWork also will need to keep tapping markets to carry out its expansion into more types of properties and businesses in coming years, creating yet more work for investment bankers.SoftBank BusinessAnd then there is WeWork’s biggest backer, SoftBank Group Corp.’s $100 billion Vision Fund. Bankers have long seen WeWork’s IPO as an opportunity to cozy up with the deep-pocketed investment vehicle, potentially gaining the opportunity to cater to its stable of startups for decades.JPMorgan’s ties to WeWork CEO Neumann and his company are varied. The bank led an offering earlier this year of commercial mortgages including one for a building where WeWork is completing an 11-floor build-out of a boutique office within walking distance of two of Neumann’s Manhattan apartments. JPMorgan also issued him mortgages so he could buy one of those homes and one in Westchester County, according to public filings. And a savings plan for JPMorgan’s own employees has put roughly $800,000 into WeWork’s junk-rated debt.Landing the stock sale would be a coup for JPMorgan. The bank has been the underdog to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley in handling Silicon Valley IPOs. Handling WeWork’s offering could show that JPMorgan is gaining momentum after leading Lyft Inc.’s offering earlier this year.Still, it’s hardly the only firm that engaged with Neumann in ways that could help curry favor.Goldman TiesGoldman’s efforts were publicly visible in December, when the firm’s former CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, palled around with the entrepreneur at a charity event. Taking the podium, Neumann told an audience packed with Wall Street leaders about getting to know Blankfein, marveling at his ability to hold court on any topic.“We have been having so much fun,” Neumann said, gesturing to the banker. One time, over dinner, “Lloyd said, ‘Ask me anything,’ and I said, ‘Spanish Inquisition -- go!’ And you said so many names and so many things I didn’t even know existed. It was amazing.”Goldman’s lead bankers on the deal are Dan Dees, Kim Posnett and David Ludwig, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Like JPMorgan, Goldman acquired a stake during WeWork’s venture-funding rounds, and filings show that the bank’s real estate trusts have exposure to WeWork mortgages. The lender is expected to help lead the IPO with JPMorgan, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.Morgan Stanley’s star technology banker, Michael Grimes, also has sought to build a relationship with Neumann, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Property records show Morgan Stanley provided him with almost $10 million of mortgages for homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons.Wealth AdviserUBS Group AG’s strongest relationship with Neumann is through a private-wealth adviser, Adam Epstein, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Swiss bank, like JPMorgan, helped Neumann capitalize on his stake in WeWork before an IPO by taking out a loan against his interest.UBS also agreed last year to have WeWork overhaul a 30-year-old wealth-management office overlooking the Hudson River in the office-sharing company’s largest design deal at the time. UBS is likely to land spots in both the debt and equity fundraisings, and will be one of the biggest lenders, according to people with knowledge of the situation.Bank of America Corp., meanwhile, agreed to have WeWork revamp three floors of its tower near midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park. And when WeWork raised more than $700 million in its debut junk-bond offering last year, Bank of America was among the biggest underwriters. Chief Operating Officer Tom Montag and Karen Fang, an executive in the bank’s bond-trading division, tended to the relationship.Representatives for WeWork and the banks declined to comment.There were more than a dozen banks on last year’s debt offering, and the list of IPO banks is expected to be even longer. Pressure on the syndicate will be high after this year’s tumultuous listings for Lyft and Uber Technologies Inc.Still, said EquityZen’s Augusiak-Boro, “if WeWork is a complete nightmare, I think Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are still going to be here in six months chasing the big IPOs and getting hired for them anyway.”(Updates with details on UBS and Bank of America after Wealth Adviser subheadline.)\--With assistance from Sridhar Natarajan, Ellen Huet, Gillian Tan, Tom Maloney and Lananh Nguyen.To contact the reporter on this story: Sonali Basak in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Michael J. Moore at email@example.com, David Scheer, Daniel TaubFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
HONG KONG/BEIJING, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley moved closer to taking a controlling stake in its Chinese securities joint venture (JV) after picking up a 2% share for $54 million, exchange filings show. Huaxin Securities signed an equity transfer contract on Aug. 1 to move the 2% stake in Morgan Stanley Huaxin Securities to the U.S. bank, according to a statement dated Aug. 2 filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange by Huaxin's parent, Shanghai China Fortune Co.
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