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August 20, 2014
09:17 EDTRIO, CLDCloud Peak announces termination of TRA with Rio Tinto
Cloud Peak (CLD) announced it has agreed to pay $45M to Rio Tinto (RIO) to terminate the Tax Receivable Agreement that was established at the time of Cloud Peak Energy’s Initial Public Offering in 2009. Under the acceleration and release agreement with Rio Tinto, this payment settles all future liabilities that would have been owed under the TRA. At June 30, Cloud Peak Energy carried an undiscounted liability of $103M in respect of its estimated future obligations under the TRA and anticipated making cash payments of approximately $14M each year in 2014 and 2015 and additional payments in some subsequent years. The settlement will result in a non-cash gain during the third quarter of approximately $58M before tax and approximately $37M after adjustments to the associated deferred tax assets. Cloud Peak Energy retains the deferred tax assets related to the step up in tax basis as a result of Rio Tinto’s disposal of the business. As such, Cloud Peak Energy will continue to benefit from increased tax depreciation and does not expect any increase in cash income taxes payable as a result of this transaction.
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October 7, 2015
05:21 EDTRIORio Tinto upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Rio Tinto to Overweight after raising its rating on the Metals & Mining sector to Attractive. Potential stimulus policies and better data from China should push commodity prices higher by 2017, the firm contends.
October 6, 2015
10:22 EDTRIOBoard cut, unit review push Freeport shares higher
Shares of copper producer Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) are rallying in morning trading after the company announced plans to review strategic alternatives for its oil and gas business. The company also said it would shrink its board to nine members. WHAT'S NEW: Freeport-McMoRan said this morning that it is reviewing strategic alternatives for its oil and gas business, FM O&G, amid a tumble in commodity prices. In a statement, Freeport said it is studying options for achieving self-funding of the oil and gas unit. FM O&G's "high quality asset base, substantial underutilized Deepwater Gulf of Mexico infrastructure, large inventory of low risk development opportunities and talented and experienced personnel and management team provide alternatives to generate value," it wrote. A previously disclosed potential initial public offering of a minority interest in the oil and gas business remains an alternative for future consideration, the company said. The copper producer said that other alternatives under consideration include a spinoff of the company's oil and gas business to shareholders, joint venture arrangements and further spending reductions. In addition to the FM O&G news, Freeport-McMoRan also announced this morning that it reduced the size of its board of directors from 16 to nine members. These actions, the company said, follow "constructive discussions with many of its largest shareholders." The company said five directors have left the FCX board and have been appointed to the FM O&G board, with James Flores named FM O&G Chairman; Flores remains FM O&G's chief executive officer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Freeport-McMoRan said earlier this year it would consider selling as much as 20% of its oil and gas unit in an IPO. In June, Chief Financial Officer Kathleen Quirk said the company would likely sell less than 20%, since keeping 80% of the unit would provide the company with some tax advantages. Activist investor Carl Icahn raised his stake in Freeport-McMoRan to 8.8% from 8.46% on September 18. Icahn told CNBC on September 30 that it was "right to expect" that he would get involved with the copper producer. Icahn said that too much copper is being produced now, depressing its price, but believes copper will turn in the future. PRICE ACTION: Freeport-McMoRan rose 6.26% to $11.88 in morning trading. Shares are down over 49% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other major integrated mining companies include Rio Tinto (RIO), BHP Billiton (BHP) and Vale S.A. (VALE).
10:00 EDTCLDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Cloud Peak (CLD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Concho Resources (CXO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Exact Sciences (EXAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark... Heartland Payment (HPY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... KT Corporation (KT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded on elevated leverage, distribution cut worries at Stifel... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Radware (RDWR) downgraded on preannouncement, execution challenges at Oppenheimer... Southern Copper (SCCO) downgraded to Underperform on relative valuation at BofA/Merrill... Telecom Italia (TI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
09:00 EDTCLDCloud Peak downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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October 2, 2015
12:22 EDTRIORio Tinto upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale
September 30, 2015
05:41 EDTRIORio Tinto agrees for sale of 40% interest in Bengalla JV for $606M
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