Morgan Stanley Prices New Preferred

Morgan Stanley has priced their previously announced new fixed rate preferred.

The issue is non-cumulative, qualified, NON investment grade and 20 million shares priced at 4.875%.

With all the substandard coupons we have seen I should be used to being disappointed in these meager coupons–but I’m not!! If it was investment grade–then maybe 4.875% would be right–but they fall short of investment grade.

Oh well–it is what it is and my simple answer is –NO I won’t buy any.

The pricing term sheet is here.

Thanks SteveA for being on top of this one.

8 thoughts on “Morgan Stanley Prices New Preferred”

  1. More and more it’s dawning on me that we are going to be stuck in a 0 rate environment for another decade. U.S. deficit growing faster than the economy with no political will to balance the budget. Our precarious economy hinges on cheap debt. Am I going to seriously regret not scooping up this insultingly measly 4.875% issue because the markets are going to pump out 2.5% non investment grade preferreds in another year? I’ll be here to comment then. But for today, I’m gonna pass too. Even DTP (DTE units rated BBB-) is giving 6.25%.

  2. In addition to Tim’s comments above: They are also Non-cum and to borrow from Canada “NCVV” or non viability contingent capital.
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  3. BXS-A with its 5.5% coupon seems generous in comparison considering it has the same BB+ rating as this MS preferred. I guess MS has “the name” which allows them to borrow at lower cost. But I wouldn’t value the name more than 25 bps. I’ve got a small position at 24.96 in BXS-A for a flip. From a risk standpoint, I think I prefer a boring regional bank from Tupelo over some fancy Wall Street brokerage with who knows what under the kimono.

      1. I like the term “tactical”. It’s like we’re at war, maybe against lower rates. Who knows.

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