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February 4, 2013
05:25 EDTPRU, BXBlackstone's LogiCor acquires Polish logistics assets from Panattoni Europe
Panattoni Europe has disposed of two portfolios of logistics assets located in Poland to affiliates of LogiCor, the pan-European logistics platform established by real estate funds managed by affiliates of the Blackstone Group (BX). The first transaction closed in October 2012 and consisted of four projects located in Poland's key logistics markets. The projects were previously held by a joint-venture between Panattoni and another investor. The second transaction closed in December 2012, and consisted of a portfolio of nine newly-built logistics assets throughout Poland. The portfolio was co-developed with Pramerica Real Estate Investors, the European arm of the U.S.-based Prudential Financial's (PRU) real estate investment management and advisory business.
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December 18, 2014
16:23 EDTPRUPrudential Chief Communications Officer Bob DeFillippo retiring
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December 15, 2014
18:35 EDTBXCDL partners with Blackstone to create S$1.5B investment platform
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09:01 EDTPRUPrudential Retirement announces creation of Gibraltar Ventures
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08:22 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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December 12, 2014
09:02 EDTBXKimco Realty to buy Blackstone 66.7% share stake in portfolio for $925M
Kimco Realty (KIM) announced that its subsidiary has executed a contract to acquire the remaining 66.667% interest in the 39-property Kimstone portfolio from its joint venture partner, a subsidiary of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII (BX) for a price of $925M, which includes the assumption of approximately $426.7M in mortgage debt. The company will pay approximately $512.3M to acquire BREP’s interest. Kimco will use a combination of proceeds from recently completed and pending property sales in the U.S. and Latin America as well as availability under its existing $1.75B revolving credit facility to fund this transaction which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2015. Upon closing, Kimco will own 100% of the portfolio. The portfolio consists of 39 properties totaling 5.6M square feet and is approximately 97% occupied. The properties in the portfolio are concentrated in the core markets of New York, Virginia, Texas, Florida, California, and Maryland. The portfolio has a three-mile average household income level of $92,000 and an average base rent per square foot of $15.83, both of which exceed Kimco’s current portfolio averages.
08:09 EDTPRU, BXBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
10:31 EDTPRUPrudential sees long-term target of 13%-14% top-tier ROE over cycle
Sees greater financial flexibility resulting from business momentum driving solid capital generation, increasing ratio of cash flow to adjusted operating income, and closed block restructuring.
10:30 EDTPRUPrudential sees FY15 EPS $9.60-$10.10, consensus $9.99
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10:29 EDTPRUPrudential sees 10 year US Treasury interest rate to rise to 2.97% by 2015-end
Sees FY15 effective tax rate of approximately 27%. Capital deployment will be supported by increasing ratio of cash flow to adjusted operating income. Sees year end 2015 leverage ratio to be within 25% target.
10:28 EDTPRUPrudential expects sustained low interest rate environment in 2015
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10:27 EDTPRUPrudential expects greater financial flexibility in 2015
Cites business momentum driving solid capital generation and enhanced closed block restructuring. This follows 2014 tailwinds that include equity market,s strong general account non-coupon investment income, favorable mortality experience and favorable case experience in retirement. Comments taken from slides for 2015 Financial Outlook Conference Call.
07:49 EDTBXThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTBXShell starts sale process for Tongyi JV stake, WSJ reports
Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) has started the sale process for 75% its stake in a Chinese oil lubricants business in a deal that could fetch up to $500M, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. Blackstone (BX) is in a "strong" position in first round bids for the Tongyi oil lubricants joint venture, the sources say. Reference Link
05:54 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 23 at lower end of index mean range
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December 9, 2014
07:45 EDTBXGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
December 8, 2014
14:20 EDTPRUPrudential to host conference call
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08:21 EDTPRUSL Green Realty, Prudential Real Estate Investors form JV
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08:05 EDTBXHudson Pacific to acquire EOP portfolio from Blackstone for $3.5B
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07:24 EDTBXBlackstone to sell $3.5B of California properties to Hudson Pacific, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTBXBlackstone implied volatility of 21 at lower end of index mean range
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