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December 6, 2012
11:01 EDTEVER, OCN, BXP, MNST, SCCO, GGP, ARE, CP, SBUX, SPG, FAST, AIV, CVXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Boston Properties (BXP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Fastenal (FAST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... General Growth (GGP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Ocwen Financial (OCN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Simon Property (SPG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Starbucks (SBUX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... EverBank Financial (EVER) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Consumer Edge Resarch.
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November 18, 2015
08:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees expanding gross margin in 2016
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08:20 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees no impact from economic weakness in China
Says lunch and afternoon offerings are increasingly relevant to customers. Says has started to roll out Evenings program in multiple stores. Says food makes up 20% of sales, up from 17% a few years ago. Says goal to have food make up 25% of sales. Says Morning Daypart sales up 22% over past five years. Says "a lot of opportunity" in lunch. Says breakfast sandwich sales have doubled over past three years. Says all comp growth in China is traffic. Says growing store portfolio in China at 30% per year clip. Sees no impact from economic weakness in China.
08:15 EDTSBUXStarbucks CFO: 1,500 stores in U.S. have Clover machines, up 50% y/y
Says 1,500 stores have Clover machines now in the U.S., up 50% year over year. Sees selling premium coffees in more international markets. Sees opening 500 larger-format reserve cafes. Says focusing on elevating tea presence in stores. Says Teavana brand driving revenue growth, contributing to comp growth. Plans to have Teavana in more Starbucks stores worldwide.
08:10 EDTSBUXStarbucks sees annual EPS growth of at least 15%
Sees annual revenue growth of about 10%. Says at mid-to-single digit comps each quarter. Says growing comps at 8%. Says playing "the long game." Says growth built on innovation, store experience. Says will see softness in topline unless it invests heavily in store experience. Says food is growing faster than beverage in U.S. stores. Says started to invest in "partner digital." Says customer-facing digital apps and technology is industry leading, though lagging behind in partner-facing digital technology. Says employee turnover is down. Comments taken from Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference.
08:09 EDTSPGJefferies to hold events at NAREIT
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07:24 EDTCPCP offer for Norfolk Southern a starting point, says Citi
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07:19 EDTSBUXDunkin' Donuts tests mobile ordering app, Bloomberg reports
Dunkin' Donuts, owned by Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), is aiming to play catch up to Starbucks (SBUX) by testing a mobile ordering and delivery service in certain U.S. markets, Bloomberg reports. Starting Wednesday, 124 Dunkin' locations in Portland, Maine, will let customers order ahead of time through an app, the report says. Roughly 19 cafes in Dallas are also testing the delivery, with additional locations in Atlanta, Chicago, L.A., and Washington coming soon, the report says. Reference Link
07:04 EDTCPCanadian Pacific discloses details of offer letter to Norfolk Southern
Canadian Pacific (CP) disclosed the contents of the offer letter it sent to Norfolk Southern (NSC) on November 17, 2015 to clarify the details of a proposal that would result in the creation of a pro-competitive, pro-customer, coast-to-coast transportation solution. CP also announced it wishes to correct any misconceptions about the sizable premium offered to NS shareholders. In the letter, Canadian Pacific commented, "We propose a 50% cash 50% stock transaction based on Friday's closing stock price for both CP and NSC in which NSC shareholders would receive $46.72 in cash and 0.348 shares of stock in a new company which would own CP and NSC. The new company would be listed on both the New York and Toronto Stock Exchanges, and maintain a strong investment grade credit rating. Our proposal represents a substantial initial 23.0% premium to NSC's 45-day VWAP of $79.14.1 In addition to providing NSC shareholders with a significant cash payment, the proposed transaction will provide NSC shareholders with an opportunity for meaningful upside appreciation in the future as synergies are realized as NSC shareholders will own 41% of the new company. Our advisors at J.P. Morgan have assisted us in valuing the newly merged company by taking into account future operating performance, synergies, expected earnings power and anticipated trading multiples. In light of the substantial synergies created by the combination, we believe that the fair value of the new company would be approximately $270.68 per share at the time of transaction closure-which is assumed to occur on December 31, 2017. As a result, NSC shareholders will receive at that time $46.72 in cash plus $94.16 in market value of the stock of the combined company which on a present value basis at the time of the anticipated announcement is expected to represent total value of $126.18 per share-which is a 59.4% premium to NSC's 45-day VWAP of $79.14. In addition, NSC shareholders would continue to receive a dividend of $0.59 per quarter during the pendency of the regulatory review of the transaction."
November 17, 2015
18:31 EDTCPNorfolk Southern confirms 'low-premium' merger offer from Canadian Pacific
Norfolk Southern (NSC) confirmed it has received an "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional indication of interest" from Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk Southern share, "representing a premium of less than 10% based on closing prices today." The company noted its board of directors "will carefully evaluate and consider this indication of interest in the context of Norfolk Southern's strategic plans, and its ongoing review of opportunities to enhance stockholder value... Notably, any consolidation among Class I railroads in North America would face significant regulatory hurdles."
17:32 EDTCPNorfolk Southern spikes after Canadian Pacific proposes merger
Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) are spiking in the after-hours after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it has sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a business combination. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, Canadian Pacific proposed a business combination with Norfolk Southern "that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale and reach to deliver improved levels of service to customers and communities while enhancing competition and creating significant shareholder value." Canadian Pacific noted that the proposal reflects a "sizable premium in cash and stock offered to NS shareholders." The combined company would have a potential for faster earnings growth than either of the companies independently, CP noted, while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive rates to shippers." The combined company would innovate a new approach to terminal access that would allow another carrier to operate from a point of connection in the event the combined company failed to provide adequate service or competitive rates. The combination of NS and CP would provide a solution to "bottleneck pricing" and alleviate congestion in Chicago by channeling rail traffic away from Chicago. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to a Globe and Mail report from earlier Tuesday, Keith Creel the COO of Canadian Pacific, who was speaking at a transportation conference, said rail mergers are inevitable but the executive "refused" to confirm past reports that the railroad operator was in talks to acquire rival Norfolk Southern. ANALYST VIEW: ON November 12, research firm BB&T said it believes there are many scenarios in which a merger between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern would benefit both companies. The firm said that Norfolk Southern shareholders would get a 20%-30% premium above the stock's current level, while Canadian Pacific's potential revenue growth issues would be solved and its 2018 EPS would be boosted by 20% plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Norfolk Southern are up 6.9% to $93.00, while Canadian Pacific shares are unchanged. OTHERS: Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Union Pacific (UNP).
16:22 EDTCPNorfolk Southern jumps 6% in after-hours trading following merger proposal
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16:21 EDTCPCanadian Pacific proposes Norfolk Southern merger with 'sizable' premium
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16:17 EDTCPCanadian Pacific proposes business combination with Norfolk Southern
15:06 EDTFASTFastenal management to meet with William Blair
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13:55 EDTCPCanadian Pacific COO won't confirm Norfolk Southern talks, Globe and Mail says
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09:05 EDTEVEREverBank initiated with a Hold at Sandler O'Neill
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08:22 EDTBXPJefferies to hold events at NAREIT
Jefferies Company Events being held at NAREIT in Las Vegas on November 17-18.
08:18 EDTCPScotiabank to hold a conference
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08:14 EDTAIVRBC Capital to hold events at NAREIT
RBC Capital Events being held at NAREIT in Las Vegas on November 17-18.
07:52 EDTSBUXMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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