Manning and Napier (MN) Stock: Why The Price Surged Today

By Amit Chowdhry ● Apr 1, 2022
  • The stock price of Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE: MN) increased by over 40% during intraday trading today. This is why.

The stock price of Manning and Napier Inc (NYSE: MN) increased by over 40% during intraday trading today. Investors are responding positively to Manning & Napier – an experienced investment manager offering wealth and asset management services – and Callodine Group – a Boston-based asset management firm – announcing they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Manning & Napier will go private and be acquired by Callodine. 

The purchase price of $12.85 per share of company common stock represents a 41% premium above the closing price of Manning & Napier common stock on March 31, 2022, and a premium of approximately 55% to Manning & Napier’s volume-weighted average price for the last 90 calendar days. 

Plus Callodine will purchase from M&N Holdings all of the outstanding limited liability company interests in Manning & Napier Group that the company does not own at a price per unit of $12.85. The proposed acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2022, contingent upon shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions. Between now and the closing, the company anticipates continuing its regular dividend payment to shareholders.

Callodine is executing the proposed acquisition in partnership with East Asset Management (EAM). And Manning & Napier Chief Executive Officer Marc Mayer will remain in his position and will roll over a significant portion of his currently held shares into the new private company. Following the close, Manning & Napier will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Callodine.

Manning & Napier’s management team, investment philosophy and processes, client-facing teams, and stewardship groups are expected to remain in place. And the proposed combination with Callodine is expected to provide capital resources, long-term stability, and additional investment capabilities to drive the firm’s next phase of growth. As part of the Callodine platform, Manning & Napier is going to continue to focus on delivering superior results for clients while pushing its key strategic initiatives forward.

At the closing of the transaction, Manning & Napier will de-register its shares with the SEC and de-list its shares from the New York Stock Exchange. And the executive officers of the company have entered into a support agreement pursuant to which they have agreed, among other things, to vote their shares of company stock in favor of the transaction, subject to certain conditions. These stockholders currently represent approximately 10% of the current outstanding voting power of the Manning & Napier common stock.

KEY QUOTES:

“Manning & Napier represents a best-in-class investment management firm that we are thrilled to welcome to the Callodine Group platform. Growing up in Rochester, NY and having previously been a shareholder of the Company after its IPO, we know this is a business with a long and proud tradition of delivering outstanding results for clients. We look forward to partnering with the current management team to continue to uphold that standard of excellence.”

— James Morrow, founder and CEO of Callodine

“Callodine is a long-term investor with deep roots in upstate and western New York, and a natural fit for us, culturally and strategically. We view the combination with Callodine as providing significant benefits to all stakeholders. Manning & Napier has been relentlessly focused on client outcomes since our founding more than 50 years ago, and, under the umbrella of Callodine, we will be even better positioned to deliver meaningful outcomes for our clients over the long term. We are grateful for the support of our shareholders and are glad that the combination with Callodine will add further to the strong returns we have generated over the past two years. This partnership will drive our next phase of responsible and thoughtful growth, which will create opportunities for our employees and will further strengthen our ties to our communities.”

— Marc Mayer, Chairman and CEO of Manning & Napier

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