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February 5, 2014
08:10 EDTKSU, GWR, CNI, NSC, ARII, CP, UNP, TRN, CSX, GBX, BRK.ABerkshire's BNSF announces $5B capital commitment program
BNSF Railway Company, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A), yesterday announced a new single-year record capital commitment plan of approximately $5B for 2014, approximately a $1B increase over its 2013 capital spend. The largest component of the capital plan is spending $2.3B on BNSF’s core network and related assets. BNSF also plans to spend approximately $1.6B on locomotive, freight car and other equipment acquisitions. In addition, the program includes about $200M for continued installation of positive train control and approximately $900Mfor terminal, line and intermodal expansion and efficiency projects. Publicly traded companies in the railroad space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Manufacturers of of railcars include Trinity Industries (TRN), American Railcar (ARII), and Greenbrier (GBX).
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November 18, 2015
09:22 EDTNSCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop (VIPS), up 8%. ALSO HIGHER: Anavex Life Sciences (AVXL), up 27.5% after announcing preparation of regulatory filings based on guidance from FDA... Universal Insurance (UVE), up 7.7% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Actinium Pharmaceuticals (ATNM), up 14.9% after submitting an Investigational New Drug application with the FDA for Iomab-B... Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS), up 8.8% after being acquired by ON Semiconductor (ON)... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 5% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SouFun (SFUN), down 2.9%... Staples (SPLS), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after price target lowered to $15 from $20 at Piper Jaffray... Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 3.5% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
07:24 EDTCP, CSX, NSCCP offer for Norfolk Southern a starting point, says Citi
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07:04 EDTCP, NSCCanadian 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
19:25 EDTNSCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Jack in the Box (JACK), up 3.7%... Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Universal Insurance (UVE), up 5.3% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 2% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 1.8% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
18:31 EDTCP, NSCNorfolk 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 EDTCSX, CNI, UNP, CP, NSC, KSU, GWRNorfolk 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 EDTCP, NSCNorfolk Southern jumps 6% in after-hours trading following merger proposal
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16:21 EDTNSC, CPCanadian Pacific proposes Norfolk Southern merger with 'sizable' premium
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16:17 EDTNSC, CPCanadian Pacific proposes business combination with Norfolk Southern
13:55 EDTNSC, CPCanadian Pacific COO won't confirm Norfolk Southern talks, Globe and Mail says
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08:43 EDTAAgilent pullback after earnings a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen said any pullback in Agilent after its Q4 earnings report would be a buying opportunity. Even though guidance was lower than expected, the firm still thinks 2017 targets are achievable. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating and $39 price target on Agilent shares.
08:18 EDTCP, CNIScotiabank to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
18:26 EDTAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 26.6% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 11.5%... Agilent (A), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Wayfair (W), down 2% after Bloomberg reported that Whitney Tilson said that Wayfair is currently his largest short.
16:10 EDTAAgilent reports Q4 LSAG revenue down 4% to $515M
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16:09 EDTAAgilent sees FY16 adjusted EPS $1.85-$1.91, consensus $1.97
Sees FY16 revenue $4.15B-$4.17B, consensus $4.21B.
16:08 EDTAAgilent sees Q1 adjusted EPS 42c-44c, consensus 47c
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16:07 EDTAAgilent reports Q4 adjusted EPS 50c, consensus 47c
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15:02 EDTANotable companies reporting after market close
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09:33 EDTCSXCSX management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on November 17 hosted by JPMorgan.
November 15, 2015
12:42 EDTCP, NSC, GWRGenesee & Wyoming shares could gain 20% or more in a year, Barron's says
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