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$MS reported a 3% sequential increase in its Institutional Securities business to $4.5Bil during 4Q17. Investment Banking witnessed 13% QoQ rise to $1.4Bil, driven by underwriting, particularly in equity, which increased 52%. From a regional perspective, $MS reported sequential increase in Asia, particularly in equity underwriting.
$MS, like other major banks, recorded a net discrete tax provision of $990MM related to the new tax law during 4Q17. This led to a 59% drop in earnings to $686MM, or $0.29 per share, from $1.6Bil, or $0.81 per share during 4Q16. Adj. EPS was $0.84. Net revenue during the quarter was $9.5Bil, up 5% from $9Bil.
The major U.S. banks have reported their earnings and it appears that this year decline in trading revenue has been the trend for banks as all the major banks posted double digit decline in trading revenue, expect for $MS that reported a single digit decline of 8%.
$MS expects to complete the acquisition of the commercial real estate credit manager Mesa West Capital LLC, in 4Q17. This latest acquisition is expected to support the bank's existing real estate and private credit offering, said CEO James Gorman.
Investment bank $MS's wealth management business posted strong revenue during 3Q17. The company achieved the result despite slower transactional activity. During the quarter, the bank's transactional revenue were down 4% to $739MM, reflecting a decrease in retail engagement during the summer months in both equity and fixed income markets.
$MS joins the list of other major banks on declining trading revenue, as it saw an 8% decline for 3Q17. The bank, on the other hand, saw its profit grow to 12% YoY, mainly due to the strong performance of its wealth management division and higher investment banking fees. Net income rose 12% to $1.8Bil, or $0.93 per share on 3% revenue growth.
$MS has appointed Thomas Glocer as the Independent Lead Director of its BoD, taking over from Erskine Bowles, effective Sept. 1, 2017. The BoD also appointed two new committee chairs -- Jami Miscik for the Operations and Technology committee, and Rayford Wilkins for the Nominating and Governance committee, both effective Sept. 1, 2017.
$MS reported gains across most of its business during 2Q17. The lender's wealth management business performed at the high of 2017 target, by achieving 25% pre-tax margin and a record profit before tax of over $1Bil. A year after acquiring Smith Barney, wealth management generated approx. $1Bil to pre-tax profit annually.