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February 22, 2014
13:23 EDTAIG, HAL, IR, DFSAIG, Halliburton, Ingersoll-Rand, Discover could double dividends, Barron's says
AIG (AIG), Halliburton (HAL), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), and Discover Financial Services (DFS) are companies with yields that could grow quickly and possibly double over five years, Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
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August 19, 2014
10:13 EDTIROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
07:52 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand downgraded at RW Baird
As reported previously, Baird downgraded Ingersoll Rand to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares to reflect increased earnings risk as the company shifts towards M&A and away from buybacks and sees tougher comps and slow Institutional end markets in 2015. Price target lowered to $65 from $68.
07:36 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
August 18, 2014
12:19 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand rises after agreeing to buy Cameron unit for $850M
Shares of Ingersoll-Rand (IR), which makes heating and air conditioning systems, are up after it announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Cameron International Corporation's (CAM) Centrifugal Compression division for $850M. WHAT'S NEW: Ingersoll-Rand this morning entered into an agreement to acquire Cameron's Centrifugal Compression division for $850M. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval. The Cameron unit generated sales of approximately $400M in 2013, has approximately 850 employees and operates from 12 global locations. The results of operations of the Centrifugal Compression business will be reported as discontinued operations for Cameron beginning in the third quarter. Ingersoll Rand plans to fund the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and debt. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ingersoll-Rand said it expects the acquisition to be accretive to EBITDA margins, EPS, and ROIC in 2015 and beyond. The company expects the acquisition to add 8c-10c per share to its earnings in 2015. The company anticipates moderate incremental debt, supported by additional earnings from Cameron and core earnings growth. Ingersoll adds that it foresees refinancing of $500M of 2015 debt, and continues to expect a 2014 share repurchase of $1.38B. Cameron said it is selling the unit to focus on its core markets. The company expects after-tax proceeds of about $600M from the sale, part of which it planned to use to support share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: Following the announcement, Wells Fargo analysts estimated that the acquisition will be approximately 10c-15c accretive excluding impact from synergies and approximately 20c-25c with anticipated synergies. PRICE ACTION: Ingersoll-Rand jumped $1.49, or 2.46%, to $62.03 in intra-day trading, while Cameron is trading down 0.6% to $72.21.
07:15 EDTAIGAIG ramps up lobbying in Washington, Reuters reports
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06:33 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand to host conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement to acquire Cameron International Corporationís centrifugal compression division will be held on August 18 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:32 EDTIRCameron sells Centrifugal Compression business to Ingersoll-Rand for $850M
Cameron (CAM) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Centrifugal Compression business to Ingersoll Rand (IR) for cash consideration of approximately $850M, subject to closing adjustments. The decision to divest the Centrifugal Compression division was made after a careful review of Cameron's long-term business strategy to increase its focus on its core markets. The company's goal has been to identify a buyer that is more closely aligned with Centrifugal Compression's broad and global markets. Cameron expects to complete the sale of its Centrifugal Compression business prior to year end, subject to regulatory approval. The company estimates after tax proceeds from the sale to be approximately $600 million, and expects the net proceeds to support stock repurchases. In 2013, the Centrifugal Compression division had revenues of $396M. The results of operations of the Centrifugal Compression business will be reported as discontinued operations beginning in Q3.
06:31 EDTIRCameron sells Centrifugal Compression business to Ingersoll-Rand for $850M
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06:27 EDTIRIngersoll Rand to acquire Cameron's centrifugal compressional division for $850M
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August 15, 2014
08:22 EDTDFSDiscover reports July net charge-offs 1.65% vs. 1.82% last month
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August 14, 2014
17:20 EDTIRTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:08 EDTAIGSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
12:58 EDTAIGJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).
August 13, 2014
08:04 EDTDFSDiscover management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:11 EDTAIGTwo AIG executives leaving for Berkshire Hathaway, WSJ reports
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August 12, 2014
08:18 EDTAIGAs MetLife awaits SIFI decision, other non-banks get tough scrutiny, FT says
The Federal Reserve's scrutiny of AIG (AIG) and GE Capital (GE) since those non-banks were designated as systemic risks shows they are being regarded in the same manner as large banks, according Financial Times, citing people familiar with the process. Insurer Prudential Financial (PRU) was deemed a systemic risk last September and rival MetLife (MET) is waiting to see if it will be designated this year, the report noted. Reference Link
August 7, 2014
10:00 EDTIROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:05 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group
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August 6, 2014
07:00 EDTAIGNew AIG CEO says firm to not take unexpected strategy turn, Reuters says
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05:45 EDTAIGAIG to acquire Ageas Protect from Ageas Group $305M
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