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Morgan Stanley sells $9b stake to Mitsubishi

In addition to the stock deal, Mitsubishi UFJ will also get a seat on Morgan Stanley's board. In addition to the stock deal, Mitsubishi UFJ will also get a seat on Morgan Stanley's board. (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Bloomberg News / September 30, 2008
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NEW YORK - Morgan Stanley agreed to sell a 21 percent stake to Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc. for $9 billion, seeking to shore up investor confidence after borrowing costs climbed and its stock fell by half.

Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan's biggest lender, will buy $3 billion of common stock and $6 billion of convertible preferred stock that pays a 10 percent dividend, the two companies said in a statement yesterday.

Morgan Stanley shares fell 15 percent amid a collapse in bank stocks after a $700 billion financial rescue bill failed to pass in Congress yesterday and Wachovia Corp. sold most of its assets to Citigroup Inc.

Morgan Stanley chief executive John Mack is raising capital, seeking to boost deposits, and transforming the second-biggest US securities firm into the fifth-biggest bank holding company after investors lost confidence in firms that depend on bond markets for financing.

Mitsubishi UFJ has reported about $1.3 billion in credit market losses and write-downs since last year, compared with $15.7 billion at Morgan Stanley.

Even with the new capital, Morgan Stanley dropped $3.76 to $20.99 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

Mitsubishi UFJ agreed to buy 9.9 percent of Morgan Stanley's common stock for $25.25 per share, 2 percent more than Morgan Stanley's closing price of $24.75 on Friday.

Mitsubishi UFJ will also get a seat on Morgan Stanley's board.

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