Morgan Stanley gets Facebook fine

18.12.2012 14:25
Morgan Stanley gets Facebook fine

YEREVAN, December 18. /ARKA/. Morgan Stanley will pay a US$5 million fine to settle charges that it improperly handled crucial information on Facebook's earnings ahead of the company's disastrous initial public offering, Thestandard.com.hk reported.

The securities regulator of the state of Massachusetts had charged that Morgan Stanley, the lead underwriter for the US$16 billion stock issue in May, coached Facebook on how to present lowered earnings estimates to company analysts, AFP reports. At the same time, those estimate revisions, made just days before the initial public offering closed, were not shared with all investors as Morgan Stanley set a high issue price and increased the number of shares on sale.

Facebook shares collapsed after the first day of trade on May 18, eventually falling to half the US$38 IPO price. This angered many institutional and retail investors who said they had been misinformed about the company's earnings forecasts.

The Massachusetts state secretary William Galvin said Morgan Stanley had violated securities industry rules against unethical and dishonest conduct.

Morgan Stanley agreed to the civil penalty without either admitting or denying the charges. –0--


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