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Eaton Vance Corp. Report for the Three Months and Fiscal Year Ended October 31, 2020

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Eaton Vance Corp. Report for the Three Months and Fiscal Year Ended October 31, 2020

Boston, MA, November 24, 2020 – Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) today reported earnings per diluted share of $1.20 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, compared to $3.50 per diluted share in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019.

The Company reported adjusted earnings per diluted share(1) of $3.29 for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, a decrease of 1 percent from $3.32 of adjusted earnings per diluted share in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019.

In the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, adjusted earnings exceeded earnings under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (U.S. GAAP) by $2.09 per diluted share, reflecting the reversal of $108.6 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense and $6.3 million of other costs recognized in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley announced on October 8, 2020, the reversal of $122.2 million of impairment losses recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest Inc. (Hexavest), the reversal of $9.0 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock‐based compensation awards, the add-back of $7.6 million of management fees and expenses of consolidated sponsored funds and consolidated collateralized loan obligation (CLO) entities (collectively, consolidated investment entities), and the add-back of $6.6 million of net losses of consolidated investment entities and the Company’s other seed capital investments. Earnings under U.S. GAAP exceeded adjusted earnings by $0.18 per diluted share in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019, reflecting the reversal of $22.9 million of net gains of consolidated investment entities and other seed capital investments, the add-back of $8.1 million of management fees and expenses of consolidated investment entities, and the reversal of $5.4 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation awards. All adjustments are reflected net of applicable tax.

The Company reported earnings per diluted share of $(0.31) for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, which compares to $0.96 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and $(0.01) per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

The Company reported adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.88 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, a decrease of 1 percent from $0.89 of adjusted earnings per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and an increase of 7 percent from $0.82 of adjusted earnings per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, adjusted earnings exceeded earnings under U.S. GAAP by $1.19 per diluted share, reflecting the reversal of the $108.6 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense and $6.3 million of other costs recognized in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley, the reversal of the $21.8 million impairment loss recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest, the reversal of $2.9 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock‐based compensation awards, the add-back of $1.8 million of net losses of consolidated investment entities and other seed capital investments, and the add-back of $1.7 million of management fees and expenses of consolidated investment entities. Earnings under U.S. GAAP exceeded adjusted earnings by $0.07 per diluted share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, reflecting the reversal of $8.7 million of net gains of consolidated investment entities and other seed capital investments, the add-back of $2.4 million of management fees and expenses of consolidated investment entities, and the reversal of $1.5 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation awards. In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, adjusted earnings exceeded earnings under U.S. GAAP by $0.83 per diluted share, reflecting the reversal of the $100.5 million impairment loss recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest, the reversal of $8.5 million of net gains of consolidated investment entities and other seed capital investments, the add-back of $1.6 million of management fees and expenses of consolidated investment entities, and the reversal of $0.2 million of net excess tax benefits related to stock‐based compensation awards. All adjustments are reflected net of applicable tax.

In the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, the Company had consolidated net inflows of $4.7 billion, representing 1 percent internal growth in managed assets (consolidated net flows divided by beginning of period consolidated assets under management). This compares to net inflows of $23.9 billion and 5 percent internal growth in managed assets in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. Excluding Parametric overlay services, the Company had net inflows of $8.2 billion and 2 percent internal growth in managed assets in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 and net inflows of $12.9 billion and 4 percent internal growth in managed assets in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019.

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company had consolidated net inflows of $5.2 billion, representing 4 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets. This compares to net inflows of $9.8 billion and 8 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and net inflows of $2.7 billion and 2 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Excluding Parametric overlay services, the Company had net inflows of $4.8 billion and 5 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, net inflows of $2.8 billion and 3 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, and net inflows of $1.2 billion and 1 percent annualized internal growth in managed assets in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

The Company’s internal management fee revenue growth (management fees attributable to consolidated inflows less management fees attributable to consolidated outflows, divided by beginning of period consolidated management fee revenue) was 2 percent in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020 and negligible in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. The Company’s annualized internal management fee revenue growth was 5 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, 2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and 2 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Consolidated assets under management were $515.7 billion on October 31, 2020, up 4 percent from $497.4 billion of consolidated managed assets on October 31, 2019 and up 2 percent from $507.4 billion of consolidated managed assets on July 31, 2020. The year-over-year increase in consolidated assets under management reflects annual net inflows of $4.7 billion, market price appreciation of $11.3 billion and $2.3 billion of new managed assets gained in the acquisition of the business assets of WaterOak Advisors, LLC (WaterOak) on October 16, 2020. The sequential increase in consolidated assets under management in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 reflects quarterly net inflows of $5.2 billion, market price appreciation of $0.9 billion and the $2.3 billion of new managed assets gained in the WaterOak acquisition.

“Fiscal 2020 was one of the most eventful years in the long history of Eaton Vance, culminating in the October announcement of the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley,” said Thomas E. Faust Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Even while addressing the personal and business adversities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Eaton Vance achieved financial, operating and investment results to support what I am confident will be one of the most successful business combinations in asset management. As part of Morgan Stanley, we look forward to building the world’s premier investment manager.”.

Average consolidated assets under management were $497.8 billion in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2020, up 8 percent from $462.8 billion in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2019. Average consolidated assets under management were $516.7 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, up 6 percent from $488.9 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and up 7 percent from $484.5 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Attachments 5 and 6 summarize the Company’s consolidated assets under management and net flows by investment mandate and investment vehicle reporting categories. Attachments 7, 8 and 9 summarize the Company’s ending consolidated assets under management by investment mandate, investment vehicle and investment affiliate. Attachment 10 shows the Company’s average annualized management fee rates by investment mandate.

As of October 31, 2020, managed assets of the Company’s 49 percent-owned affiliate Hexavest were $5.8 billion, down 56 percent from $13.4 billion of managed assets on October 31, 2019 and down 14 percent from $6.8 billion of managed assets on July 31, 2020. Hexavest had net outflows of $6.2 billion and $1.6 billion in the fiscal years ended October 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Hexavest had net outflows of $0.9 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, $0.4 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and $2.7 billion in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The impairment losses recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2020 reflect the net outflows experienced by Hexavest and the associated decline in Hexavest’s revenue and profits. The Company remains supportive of Hexavest’s leadership and investment approach, and has no plans to change its ownership position in Hexavest. Attachment 11 summarizes the assets under management and net flows of Hexavest. Other than Eaton Vance-sponsored funds for which Hexavest is the adviser or sub-adviser, the managed assets and flows of Hexavest are not included in our consolidated totals.

Fiscal 2020 vs. Fiscal 2019

In fiscal 2020, revenue increased 3 percent to $1.73 billion from $1.68 billion in fiscal 2019. Management fees were up 3 percent, as an 8 percent increase in average consolidated assets under management more than offset a 4 percent decrease in the Company’s consolidated average management fee rate. Performance fees were $5.1 million in fiscal 2020, versus $1.7 million in fiscal 2019. Collectively, distribution and service fee revenues were substantially unchanged from fiscal 2019.

Operating expenses increased 17 percent to $1.4 billion in fiscal 2020 from $1.2 billion in fiscal 2019, reflecting increases in compensation, service fee expense, amortization of deferred sales commissions, fund-related expenses and other operating expenses, partially offset by a decrease in distribution expense. The increase in compensation primarily reflects $146.0 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley. The increase in compensation further reflects higher salaries and benefit expenses associated with increases in average headcount year-over-year and higher operating income-based bonus accruals, partially offset by lower severance expenses and lower sales-based incentive compensation. The increase in service fee expense reflects higher private fund and Class A service fee payments, partially offset by lower Class C service fee payments. The increase in amortization of deferred sales commissions reflects higher private fund commission amortization, partially offset by lower Class C commission amortization. The increase in fund-related expenses reflects higher sub-advisory fees paid, partially offset by a reduction in fund expenses borne by the Company. Other operating expenses increased 11 percent, primarily reflecting an increase in information technology spending and higher professional service expenses driven by increases in legal and consulting costs associated with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley, partially offset by lower travel expenses and a decrease in amortization expense related to certain intangible assets that were fully amortized during the first quarter of fiscal 2020. The decline in distribution expense reflects lower Class C distribution fee payments and promotion costs, partially offset by an increase in intermediary marketing support payments.

Operating income decreased 28 percent to $374.2 million in fiscal 2020 from $520.9 million in fiscal 2019. The Company’s operating margin decreased to 21.6 percent in fiscal 2020 from 30.9 percent in fiscal 2019. As shown in Attachment 2, the Company’s operating income on an adjusted basis was up 1 percent year-over-year, and the Company’s adjusted operating margin decreased to 31.0 percent in fiscal 2020 from 31.5 percent in fiscal 2019.

Non-operating expense totaled $39.8 million in fiscal 2020 versus $38.2 million of non-operating income in fiscal 2019. The year-over-year change primarily reflects a $47.8 million decrease in net gains and other investment income of consolidated sponsored funds and the Company’s investments in other sponsored strategies, and a $30.0 million unfavorable change in net income (expense) of consolidated CLO entities.

The Company’s effective tax rate, calculated as a percentage of income before income taxes and equity in net income of affiliates, was 25.1 percent in fiscal 2020 and 24.2 percent in fiscal 2019. The Company’s effective tax rate is discussed in greater detail under “Taxation” below.

Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates was $(117.2) million in fiscal 2020 and $9.1 million in fiscal 2019. Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates in fiscal 2020 includes the $122.2 million of impairment losses recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest as discussed above. In both fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019, substantially all of the Company’s equity in net income of affiliates related to the Company’s investment in Hexavest.

As detailed in Attachment 3, net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling and other beneficial interests was $(5.2) million in fiscal 2020 and $32.8 million in fiscal 2019. The year-over-year change reflects a decrease in income earned by consolidated sponsored funds and a decrease in net income allocated to non-controlling interest holders of the Company’s majority-owned subsidiaries due to the accelerated repurchase of certain profit and capital interests in Parametric entities held by current and former employees, which settled at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

The Company’s weighted average basic shares outstanding were 109.6 million in fiscal 2020 and 110.1 million in fiscal 2019, primarily reflecting share repurchases in excess of new shares issued upon the vesting of restricted stock awards and the exercise of employee stock options. On a diluted basis, the Company’s weighted average shares outstanding were 115.7 million in fiscal 2020 and 114.4 million in fiscal 2019, an increase of 1 percent. The increase in weighted average diluted shares outstanding reflects an increase in the dilutive effect of restricted stock awards due to the accelerated vesting of restricted stock awards in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 vs. Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, revenue increased 4 percent to $451.1 million from $433.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Management fees were up 5 percent, as a 6 percent increase in average consolidated assets under management more than offset a 1 percent decrease in the Company’s consolidated average annualized management fee rate. Performance fees were $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, versus $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Distribution and service fee revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were collectively down 1 percent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, reflecting lower average managed assets in fund share classes that are subject to these fees.

Operating expenses increased 56 percent to $464.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 from $298.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, reflecting increases in compensation, service fee expense, amortization of deferred sales commissions and other operating expenses, partially offset by decreases in distribution expense and fund-related expenses. The increase in compensation primarily reflects $146.0 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley. The increase in compensation further reflects higher operating income-based bonus accruals and higher salaries and benefit expenses associated with increases in headcount, partially offset by lower severance expenses and lower sales-based incentive compensation. The increase in service fee expense reflects higher private fund service fee payments, partially offset by lower Class C service fee payments. The increase in amortization of deferred sales commissions reflects higher private fund commission amortization. Other operating expenses increased 21 percent, primarily reflecting higher professional service expenses driven by increases in legal and consulting costs associated with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley and an increase in information technology spending, partially offset by lower travel expenses. The decline in distribution expense reflects lower Class C distribution fee payments and a decrease in up-front sales commission expense, partially offset by an increase in promotion costs and higher intermediary marketing support payments. The decrease in fund-related expenses reflects a reduction in fund expenses borne by the Company, partially offset by higher sub-advisory fees paid.

Operating income (loss) decreased to $(13.7) million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 from $135.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, primarily reflecting the $146.0 million of stock-based compensation expense and $8.5 million of other costs recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley as described above. As shown in Attachment 2, the Company’s operating income on an adjusted basis increased 3 percent from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, and the Company’s adjusted operating margin decreased to 31.6 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 from 31.8 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

Non-operating expense totaled $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 versus $15.6 million of non-operating income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The year-over-year change primarily reflects an $11.2 million decrease in net gains and other investment income of consolidated sponsored funds and the Company’s investments in other sponsored strategies, and an $11.6 million unfavorable change in net income (expense) of consolidated CLO entities.

The Company’s effective tax rate, calculated as a percentage of income (loss) before income taxes and equity in net income of affiliates, was 36.6 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 22.7 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company’s effective tax rate is discussed in greater detail under “Taxation” below.

Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates was $(20.8) million and $2.2 million in the fourth quarters of fiscal 2020 and 2019, respectively. Equity in net income (loss) of affiliates in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 included the $21.8 million impairment loss recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest as discussed above. In both the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, substantially all of the Company’s equity in net income of affiliates related to the Company’s investment in Hexavest.

As detailed in Attachment 3, net income attributable to non-controlling and other beneficial interests was $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and $9.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. The year-over-year change reflects a decrease in income earned by consolidated sponsored funds and a decrease in net income allocated to non-controlling interest holders of the Company’s majority-owned subsidiaries due to the accelerated repurchase of certain profit and capital interests in Parametric entities held by current and former employees, which settled at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

The Company’s weighted average basic shares outstanding were 110.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 108.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 2 percent. The year-over-year increase reflects new shares issued upon the vesting of restricted stock awards and the exercise of employee stock options in excess of share repurchases. On a diluted basis, the Company’s weighted average shares outstanding were 115.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 113.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019, an increase of 2 percent. The change in weighted average diluted shares outstanding further reflects an increase in the dilutive effect of restricted stock awards due to the accelerated vesting of restricted stock awards in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2020 vs. Third Quarter Fiscal 2020

In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, revenue increased 7 percent to $451.1 million from $420.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Management fees were up 7 percent, primarily reflecting a 7 percent increase in average consolidated assets under management and a 1 percent increase in the Company’s consolidated average annualized management fee rate. Performance fees were $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, versus $0.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Distribution and service fee revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were collectively up 5 percent from the third quarter of fiscal 2020, reflecting higher average managed assets in fund share classes that are subject to these fees.

Operating expenses increased 60 percent to $464.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 from $289.6 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, primarily reflecting increases in compensation, distribution expense, service fee expense, fund-related expenses and other operating expenses. The increase in compensation primary reflects $146.0 million of accelerated stock-based compensation expense recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley. The increase in compensation further reflects higher operating income-based bonus accruals, higher salary and benefit expenses associated with increases in headcount, and higher sales-based incentive compensation. The increase in distribution expense reflects higher promotion costs, an increase in intermediary marketing support payments and an increase in up-front sales commission expense, partially offset by lower Class C distribution fee payments and a decrease in finder’s fees. The increase in service fee expense reflects higher private fund and Class A service fee payments. The increase in fund-related expenses reflects higher sub-advisory fees paid and an increase in fund expenses borne by the Company. Other operating expenses increased 16 percent, primarily reflecting higher professional service expenses driven by increases in legal and consulting costs associated with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley and an increase in information technology spending, partially offset by a decrease in other corporate expenses.

Operating income (loss) decreased to $(13.7) million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 from $131.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, primarily reflecting the $146.0 million of stock-based compensation expense and $8.5 million of other costs recognized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley as described above. As shown in Attachment 2, the Company’s operating income on an adjusted basis increased 7 percent from the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The Company’s adjusted operating margin was 31.6 percent in both the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Non-operating expense totaled $7.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 versus $32.3 million of non-operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The sequential change reflects a $29.7 million decrease in net gains and other investment income of consolidated sponsored funds and the Company’s investments in other sponsored strategies, and a $9.8 million unfavorable change in net income (expense) of consolidated CLO entities.

The Company’s effective tax rate, calculated as a percentage of income (loss) before income taxes and equity in net income of affiliates, was 36.6 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 22.6 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The Company’s effective tax rate is discussed in greater detail under “Taxation” below.

Equity in net loss of affiliates was $20.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and $100.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. Equity in net loss of affiliates in the fourth and third quarters of fiscal 2020 included impairment losses of $21.8 million and $100.5 million, respectively, recognized on the Company’s investment in Hexavest as discussed above. In both the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and the third quarter of fiscal 2020, substantially all of the Company’s equity in net income of affiliates related to the Company’s investment in Hexavest.

As detailed in Attachment 3, net income attributable to non-controlling and other beneficial interests was $2.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and $28.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The sequential change primarily reflects a decrease in income earned by consolidated sponsored funds.

The Company’s weighted average basic shares outstanding were 110.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 109.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, an increase of 1 percent. The increase reflects new shares issued upon the vesting of restricted stock awards and the exercise of employee stock options in excess of share repurchases. On a diluted basis, the Company’s weighted average shares outstanding were 115.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 and 111.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, an increase of 4 percent. The change in weighted average diluted shares outstanding further reflects an increase in the dilutive effect of in-the-money options due to higher market prices of the Company’s shares and an increase in the dilutive effect of restricted stock awards due to the accelerated vesting of restricted stock awards in connection with the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley.

The net loss experienced by the Company in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 resulted in a tax benefit being recognized during the quarter.

The Company’s income tax provision was reduced by net excess tax benefits related to stock-based compensation awards totaling $9.0 million in fiscal 2020 and $5.4 million in fiscal 2019. These net excess tax benefits totaled $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and $0.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020. The Company’s income tax provision is also impacted by other items, which include non-deductible executive compensation, prior period adjustments, primarily related to the filing of tax returns, and other permanent book to tax differences. The tax rate impact of other items indicated for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 primarily reflects the significant decrease in pre-tax income recognized in the quarter.

As shown in Attachment 2, the Company’s calculations of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share remove the accelerated stock-based compensation expense and other costs related to the proposed acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley that was announced in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, remove the impairment losses recognized in the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2020 on the Company’s investment in 49 percent-owned affiliate Hexavest, exclude gains (losses) and other investment income (expense) of consolidated investment entities and other seed capital investments, add back the management fees and expenses of consolidated investment entities, and exclude the tax impact of stock-based compensation shortfalls or windfalls. On this basis, the Company’s adjusted effective tax rate was 26.5 percent and 26.1 percent for fiscal 2020 and fiscal 2019, respectively, and was 26.2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, 24.8 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 and 27.1 percent in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.

Balance Sheet Information

As of October 31, 2020, the Company held cash and cash equivalents of $799.4 million and its investments included $290.2 million of short-term debt securities with maturities between 90 days and one year. There were no outstanding borrowings under the Company’s $300 million credit facility at such date. During fiscal 2020, the Company used $171.5 million to repurchase and retire approximately 4.2 million shares of its Non-Voting Common Stock under its repurchase authorizations prior to suspending share repurchases during the second fiscal quarter.

Proposed Acquisition of Eaton Vance by Morgan Stanley

As described above, Eaton Vance and Morgan Stanley announced on October 8, 2020 that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Morgan Stanley to acquire Eaton Vance. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Eaton Vance shareholders will receive $28.25 per share in cash and 0.5833 shares of Morgan Stanley common stock per share of Eaton Vance common stock held. The merger agreement contains an election procedure whereby each Eaton Vance shareholder may elect to receive the merger consideration all in cash or all in stock, subject to proration and adjustment. It is anticipated that the transaction proceeds received in Morgan Stanley stock will not be taxable to Eaton Vance shareholders.

The merger agreement also provides for Eaton Vance shareholders to receive, prior to the close of the transaction, a one-time special dividend of $4.25 per share of Eaton Vance common stock held. As announced on November 23, 2020, the Eaton Vance Board of Directors has declared the $4.25 per share special dividend as payable on December 18, 2020 to shareholders of record on December 4, 2020.

As previously announced, the proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and expected to close in the second quarter of 2021. The Company’s management believes the proposed transaction is on track to close as scheduled.

Supplementary Materials

In lieu of a conference call, the Company has published certain supplementary materials that can be accessed via Eaton Vance’s website, eatonvance.com.

About Eaton Vance Corp.

Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) provides advanced investment strategies and wealth management solutions to forward-thinking investors around the world. Through principal investment affiliates Eaton Vance Management, Parametric, Atlanta Capital, Calvert and Hexavest, the Company offers a diversity of investment approaches, encompassing bottom-up and top-down fundamental active management, responsible investing, systematic investing and customized implementation of client-specified portfolio exposures. As of October 31, 2020, Eaton Vance had consolidated assets under management of $515.7 billion. Exemplary service, timely innovation and attractive returns across market cycles have been hallmarks of Eaton Vance since 1924. For more information, visit eatonvance.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain statements that are not historical facts, referred to as “forward-looking statements.” The Company’s actual future results may differ significantly from those stated in any forward-looking statements, depending on factors such as changes in securities or financial markets or general economic conditions, the scope and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy or capital markets, the completion of the proposed transaction with Morgan Stanley and the anticipated terms and timing, including obtaining required regulatory approvals, anticipated tax treatment, unforeseen liabilities, future capital expenditures, revenues, expenses, earnings, synergies, economic performance, indebtedness, financial condition, losses, future prospects, business and management strategies for the management, expansion and growth of the combined company’s operations and other conditions to the completion of the acquisition, client sales and redemption activity, the continuation of investment advisory, administration, distribution and service contracts, and other risks discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(1)Adjusted financial measures represent non-U.S GAAP financial measures. See Attachment 2 for reconciliations to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measures and other important disclosures.