Noting American Capital Asset Management seems to be rather conservatively valued on American Capital's (ACAS -6.8%) balance sheet, FSI Group's Eric Stein - on the company's earnings call (transcript) - asks management if it would consider spinning the business off.
CEO Malon Wilkus responds that his team is keeping close track of the public market valuations of asset managers. " That possibly presents an opportunity for us. It's extremely -- it's safe. It's something that we're extremely interested in and paying a great deal of attention to."
Wells' Jonathan Bock follows up, noting there is a recent comp in the form of NorthStar Realty (NRF) which has soared following the plan to spinoff its asset management unit.