Morgan Stanley to buy Calgary-based Solium Capital for $1.1 billion

Under the agreement, Morgan Stanley will pay $19.15 per share for Solium, a firm that helps companies manage employee stock plans.

Morgan Stanley will pay $19.15 per share for Solium, which helps companies manage employee stock plans

Morgan Stanley will pay $19.15 per share to acquire Solium, which closed at $13.36 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

​U.S. bank Morgan Stanley has signed a deal to buy Calgary-based Solium Capital Inc. in a cash deal valued at about $1.1 billion.

Under the agreement, Morgan Stanley will pay $19.15 per share for Solium, which helps companies manage employee stock plans.

Solium shares closed at $13.36 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday.

Solium CEO Marcos Lopez says the company's leadership team is expected to remain in place.

The deal is subject to the approval by a two-thirds majority vote by shareholders. All of the directors of Solium, who collectively control 19 per cent of the company, have agreed to support the purchase.

Subject to regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

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