State Street Buys High Net Worth Manager

December 7, 2000 ( - State Street has agreed to buy a majority interest (75%) in money manager Bel Air Investment for $217 million in cash and stock.

Los Angeles-based Bel Air Investment Advisors focuses on managing funds of wealthy clients, and had $3.1 billion in assets under management for 200 clients and $600 million in brokerage assets at September 30.

State Street, which will issue 900,000 shares in the deal, expects the acquisition to reduce its earnings by five cents a share in fiscal 2001 and three cents a share in 2002, according to Dow Jones.

State Street has the option to purchase the remaining 25% beginning in 2006 – and Bel Air’s owners can require State Street to purchase a portion of the 25% stake beginning in 2004.

Bel Air executives signed non-competition agreements good for up to five years after closing, currently slated for early next year.