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Magellan shares come back to earth on broker ratings

Magellan Financial Group Ltd (ASX: MFG) shares dropped 6.8% to $55.74 today after the company announced a full year profit of $364.2 million and offered 4.98 million new shares to institutional investors at $55.20 a pop to raise $275 million.

It will also pay a final dividend of $1.114 per share to take full year dividends to around $1.85 per share. This puts it on a respectable yield of 3.3% plus full franking credits.

The stock probably tanked today as many sell side brokers still have reservations over the business’s valuation with The Australian reporting the likes of Citi, Goldman’s, and Ord Minnett all slapped ‘sell’ ratings on the shares on valuation grounds. 

Another factor leading some retail investors to hit the ‘sell’ button is the opportunity to sell some stock to fund buying units in its soon to be launched Magellan High Conviction Fund. Eligible Magellan shareholders can invest up to $50,000 and receive a free 7.5% in bonus units on top of the amount allocated in the Magellan High Conviction Fund offer.  

It’s even possible powerful institutional investors who subscribed to its offer at $55.20 a share took the opportunity to lock in some instant arbitrage profits today, with the stock settling just above the offer price. 

Other fund mangers still to report this earnings season include Platinum Asset Management Ltd (ASX: PTM) and Perpetual Limited (ASX: PPT).

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