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Morgan Stanley’s Q1 Results Look Steady, but Likely To Be Volatile Like Peers Over Near Term

Michael Wong, CFA, CPA Sector Director

Analyst Note

| Michael Wong, CFA, CPA |

Narrow moat rated Morgan Stanley reported revenue and earnings for the first quarter of 2022 that were comparable to recent quarters, but we believe that results may look a bit more volatile like peers over the next several quarters. The company reported earnings to common shareholder of $3.5 billion, or $2.02 per diluted share, on $14.8 billion of net revenue, and returns on tangible equity were strong at 19.8%. The company averaged $14.9 billion of net revenue and $2.01 of earnings per diluted share per quarter in 2021, so it looks like a continuation of steady results; however, it wasn’t. We are maintaining our $95 fair value estimate for Morgan Stanley and assess shares as modestly undervalued.

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Morgan Stanley is a global investment bank whose history, through its legacy firms, can be traced back to 1924. The company has institutional securities, wealth management, and investment management segments. The company had about $5 trillion of client assets as well as over 70,000 employees at the end of 2021. Approximately 50% of the company's net revenue is from its institutional securities business, with the remainder coming from wealth and investment management. The company derives about 30% of its total revenue outside the Americas.

1585 Broadway
New York, NY, 10036
T +1 212 761-4000
Sector Financial Services
Industry Capital Markets
Most Recent Earnings Mar 31, 2022
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2022
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 77,000

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