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May 12, 2014
08:37 EDTACMP, EVEP, CHKAccess Midstream announces UEO expansion
Access Midstream (ACMP) announced an expansion of the Utica East Ohio midstream service complex in eastern Ohio. The expansion will increase UEO's nameplate capacity to 1B cubic feet per day and allows for a processing capacity of over 1.1 bcf/d. UEO is a joint venture owned 49% by Access Midstream, 30% by M3 Midstream LLC and 21% by EV Energy Partners (EVEP). Additional capacity is needed to meet new commitments from existing customers Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK), Total Gas & Power North America, Enervest and new customer, American Energy, Utica, an affiliate of American Energy Partners. These new commitments are expected to increase UEO’s ultimate throughput by 70% over existing commitment levels.
News For ACMP;EVEP;CHK From The Last 14 Days
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October 29, 2014
16:59 EDTACMPAccess Midstream reports Q3 adjusted EBITDA $318.8M
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16:57 EDTACMPAccess Midstream reports Q3 EPS 3c, may not compare to consensus 33c
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October 28, 2014
08:32 EDTACMPAccess Midstream increases dividend to 61.5c per share for Q3
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October 26, 2014
21:06 EDTACMPArmstrong, Chappel to serve as CEO, CFO respectively of merged MLP
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21:01 EDTACMPPurgason to join Williams as SVP overseeing the ACMP operations
Robert S. Purgason, current COO of the general partner of ACMP (ACMP), is expected to join Williams (WMB,WPZ) as SVP overseeing the ACMP operations. Purgason will report directly to Williams’ president and CEO Alan Armstrong. When the merger is complete, it is expected that Purgason also will serve the merged MLP as one of its general partner’s senior vice presidents, rather than as its COO.
20:56 EDTACMPWilliams to complete drop-down of remaining NGL & Petchem Services assets
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20:54 EDTACMPWilliams affirms dividend-growth guidance of approximately 15% annually
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20:50 EDTACMPWilliams, Williams Partners and Access Midstream announce merger agreement
Williams (WMB), Williams Partners (WPZ), and Access Midstream Partners (ACMP) announced that Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners have entered into a merger agreement with an approximately $50B total transaction value. Williams owns controlling interests in the two master limited partnerships. Upon completion of the merger, expected to occur by early 2015, the merged MLP is anticipated to be one of the largest and fastest growing MLPs with expected 2015 adjusted EBITDA of approximately $5B, industry-leading 10% to 12% annual limited partner unit distribution growth rate through the 2017 guidance period and with expected strong growth beyond. Distribution coverage is expected to be at or above 1.1x or an aggregate of $1.1B through the 2017 guidance period. Cash distributions for 2015 are expected to total $3.65 per limited partner unit, up 50% and 30% over ACMP’s 2014 and 2015 distribution guidance, respectively. The merged MLP expects to pay a regular cash distribution in the first quarter of 2015 in the amount of 85c per unit, up 53% over the ACMP distribution paid in the first quarter of the prior year.Prior to the completion of the merger, ACMP will effect a subdivision of its common units and each public unitholder of ACMP will receive 0.06152 additional ACMP common units for each ACMP common unit they hold. In the aggregate, the public unitholders of ACMP will receive approximately 6.3M new ACMP common units with a value of approximately $381M or approximately $3.74 per public ACMP common unit, based on the closing price of ACMP as of October 24. The 6.3M units, or approximately $381M, represents additional value for ACMP public unitholders versus the original June proposal. Williams agreed to reduce the exchange ratio it would receive in the merger to offset the approximately $3.74 of value provided to the ACMP unitholders in the subdivision of the ACMP common units. Taking into account the impact of the subdivision of the ACMP common units and the terms of the merger agreement, the ACMP conflicts committee concluded the impact of the transactions on the public ACMP unitholders represents an effective exchange ratio of approximately 0.80 ACMP common units for each WPZ common unit outstanding. The merger terms were negotiated, reviewed and approved by the conflicts committees of the boards of directors of the general partner of each partnership. Each of the ACMP Conflicts Committee and the WPZ Conflicts Committee has unanimously approved the merger, the merger agreement and the related transactions. As part of their evaluation process, the conflicts committees retained independent legal and financial advisors and each committee received a fairness opinion from its financial advisor. As a result of the merger, WPZ will become wholly owned by ACMP. The merged MLP will be named Williams Partners and will be based in Tulsa with major offices in Oklahoma City, Houston, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Calgary.
October 24, 2014
11:36 EDTCHKChesapeake Oilfield Services withdraws plans for IPO
Chesapeake Oilfield Services, a unit of Chesapeake Energy, said in a filing that it would withdraw its plans for an IPO. It is unclear why the IPO is being withdrawn.
October 23, 2014
08:13 EDTCHKCabot among Marcellus producers hardest hit by glut, WSJ says
The rapid growth of production from the Marcellus Shale has caused gas prices to drop and forced drillers to re-evaluate operations, with Cabot Oil and Gas (COG) among the hardest hit, said The Wall Street Journal. Other companies mentioned as being impacted and having responded in the report include Ultra Petroleum (UPL), Chesapeake Energy (CHK) and Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO). Reference Link
October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
08:14 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded at UBS
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06:49 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS

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