Morgan Stanley Takes $126M Charge On FrontPoint Spinoff

Jan 20 2011 | 1:06pm ET

Buying FrontPoint Partners cost Morgan Stanley $400 million. Selling the hedge fund hasn't come much cheaper.

Morgan Stanley said is took a $126 million charge from the October spin-off. In November, the firm said it expected to take a $70 million pre-tax loss on the sale of the $7 billion hedge fund.

Terms of the spin-off were not disclosed. But Morgan Stanley did retain a sizeable minority stake in FrontPoint and hopes its share of the fund's profits will help it offset the amount it paid for the firm.

The FrontPoint charge was revealed as Morgan Stanley said it posted a 35% jump in fourth-quarter profit.


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