Perpetual, the Sydney fund manager, is facing a multi-million dollar costs bill after losing its long running court case to try and break apart the Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Brickworks cross shareholdings that is the core business of the multi-millionaire Milner family.
Perpetual has acquired 75% of Barrow Hanley for $465m along with a $265m equity raising. Credit Suisse factors in little growth in the Barrow Hanley business although there is upside if the distribution capability in the US can be refined and expanded into Europe/Asia.
Funds under management totalled $26.3bn at the end of December, up 1% during the quarter. This was ahead of Credit Suisse estimates and the company has reported its first positive quarter of flows in nearly three years.
The investor briefing signalled to UBS that the Perpetual Private and Perpetual Corporate Trust divisions are well-positioned for solid growth. In comparison, prospects in Perpetual Investments remain more mixed, given a softer performance across the key Australian equity franchise.