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March 27, 2013
09:28 EDTLNN, UTSI, LNDC, SAI, APOL, LOGM, MFRM, CLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: UTStarcom (UTSI), up 25% after Shah Capital offers to buy company for $3.20 per share in cash... UP AFTER EARNINGS: Mattress Firm (MFRM), up 5.3%... SAIC (SAI), up 3.7%... Lindsay (LNN), up 2.9%... LOWER: Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 13.4% after downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse lowering price target to $10 from $30... LogMeln (LOGM), down 5.5%, after having gained nearly 20% yesterday following favorable patent ruling... Apollo Group (APOL), down 3.1%, following downgrade at Wells Fargo.
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February 8, 2016
09:17 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apollo Education (APOL), up 26.6% after announcing that it will be acquired for $9.50 per share... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), up 5% after being added to S&P 400... GoPro (GPRO), up 3.4% after signing a licensing agreement with Microsoft (MSFT). LOWER: BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (BCRX), down 60.9% after reporting OpuS-2 clinical trial results... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 55.4% after the FDA placed a partial clinical hold on pacritinib studies... Tableau (DATA), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... HSBC (HSBC), down 3.6% after being downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 21% after Hedgeye analyst Kevin Kaiser said in an interview with Barron's that Chesapeake could go to zero... Twitter (TWTR), down 2.9% after backlash over its new algorithmic timeline.
09:07 EDTMFRM40 North sends letter to board of Mattress Firm, urges board changes
40 North Management, which holds a 8.5% stake in Mattress Firm, disclosed a letter it sent to the board of directors of the company, in which the investor stated in part: "[We] are compelled to write now given our recent dialogue with the Board and the Board's decision to amend the terms of the Sleepy's acquisition on February 3rd and issue over half a million shares of Company common stock to Company insiders including J.W. Childs affiliates at a near two-year low, a transaction which can only be described as an egregious insider deal. We recognize the current volatility in the credit markets, which pushed the Board to consider various financing alternatives including further equitizing the Company. But rather than provide all shareholders the opportunity to participate in the contemplated dilutive share offering, the Board deplorably issued equity solely to its insiders when the Company's stock was trading at what a J.W. Childs representative described as a significantly undervalued price...40 North would gladly have participated in the February 3rd share issuance had it been offered the opportunity to do so, and we believe the Company would have been far better served by issuing the stock to its truly long-term shareholders rather than J.W. Childs who has been a consistent seller of the stock for years. In recent conversations with members of the Board affiliated with J.W. Childs, we discussed changes to the makeup of the current Board to address our governance concerns, including a proposal made by members of the Board to add two 40 North representatives to the Board. While we are clearly willing to serve on the Board, we ultimately concluded that the appointment of 40 North representatives alone was inadequate and a broader transformation to the composition of the Board was required to ameliorate the Company's significant corporate governance issues and shareholder misalignment. In particular, J.W. Childs must commit to taking a minority position, commensurate with its economic ownership, and to the appointment of new unaffiliated independent directors to serve as the majority."
07:03 EDTAPOLApollo Global consortium to acquire Apollo Education for $9.50 per share
Apollo Education Group (APOL) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (APO), and Najafi Companies for $9.50 per share in cash for both Class A and B shares. The purchase price represents a premium of 30% over Apollo Education Group's 30-day volume weighted average stock price for the period ended Feb. 5, and a 44% premium over the closing price on Jan. 8, immediately prior to the announcement that the Board of Directors was pursuing strategic alternatives. Tony Miller, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of The Vistria Group and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will become Chairman of the Apollo Education Group Board upon transaction close. Upon completion of the transaction, Apollo Education Group will be privately held and its affiliated institutions will remain subject to the same U.S. and international regulations and accreditation standards. The agreement was approved by Apollo Education Group's Board of Directors. The acquisition is expected to be completed by Apollo Education Group's fiscal year-end, in August 2016. Apollo Education Group and Apollo Global Management are unaffiliated entities.
07:00 EDTAPOLApollo Education to be aquired by group led by Apollo Global for $9.50 per share
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February 7, 2016
20:36 EDTAPOLOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Ford (F) plans to build a new assembly plant in Mexico and expand its existing factory near Mexico City, sharply increasing production capacity in the country as it looks to focus its U.S. efforts on trucks and SUVs, the Wall Street Journal reported. 2. GoPro (GPRO) and Microsoft (MSFT) signed a patent licensing agreement late Friday, lifting shares of the action camera maker in after-hours trading. 3. Media reports indicate Twitter (TWTR) could be rethinking its news feed, potentially ordering posts based on popularity rather than chronological date. 4. Apollo Education (APOL) received a second investigative subpoena from California's attorney general related to the marketing, recruiting, accreditation, and other aspects of its for-profit schools. 5. Celgene (CELG), Gilead (GILD), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Vantiv (VNTV) were mentioned positively by Barron's this weekend, while Church & Dwight (CHD) was called overvalued and GoPro was identified as a possible takeover target by Under Armour (UA) or Sony (SNE).
14:05 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reaches Bloom Lake settlements, will adopt governance changes
Cliffs Natural Resources announced it has reached agreements in principle to settle both the putative federal securities class action pending in the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the combined shareholder derivative actions pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The lawsuits were based, among other things, on the alleged dissemination of false or misleading information by the previous management and previous board of directors regarding the company's former Bloom Lake mine in Canada. The settlements are subject to court approval, and will have "no impact" on the company's financial position or operations, Cliffs noted. The agreement in the securities action provides for a settlement payment to the class of $84M, the totality of which will be paid by the company's third party insurance carriers. Under the terms of the settlement for the derivative actions, the company has agreed to adopt a number of changes to its corporate governance policies, protocols and practices. In addition, the company's insurance carriers will pay $775,000 for plaintiff's attorneys' fees and costs.
February 5, 2016
17:11 EDTAPOLApollo Education receives second investigative subpoena
On February 4, we received a Second Investigative Subpoena from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California in the Matter of the Investigation of For-Profit Educational Institutions, following the Investigative Subpoena we received in August 2015. The Second Investigative Subpoena seeks the production of documents and information regarding a broad spectrum of the business and practices of Apollo Education Group, and each of our subsidiaries, including University of Phoenix, Inc., relating to marketing, recruiting, compensation of enrollment advisors, complaints, financial aid, compliance, accreditation, other governmental investigations, private litigation and other matters, as well as additional information relating to marketing and services to members and former members of the U.S. military and California National Guard, for the time period of July 1, 2010 to the present. We are cooperating with the Attorney General in this investigation. We cannot predict the eventual scope, duration or outcome of the investigation at this time.
16:08 EDTMFRMMattress Firm sees annual synergies of $40M by FY18 from Sleepy's acquisition
Mattress Firm announced the completion of its acquisition of all of the outstanding equity interests in HMK Mattress Holdings, the holding company of Sleepy's and related entities, for an aggregate purchase price of $780M, subject to working capital and other customary adjustments. The Company expects to generate annual synergies of approximately $40M by Fiscal 2018. In addition, the Company expects to receive future cash income tax benefits totaling over $11M annually for more than 10 years from the deductible tax basis goodwill generated from the transaction and from the carryover tax basis of other assets, both subject to the Company's ability to generate future taxable income. Mattress Firm expects mid-single digit EPS dilution in FY16, becoming EPS accretive in FY17 and growing to high-single digit EPS accretion by FY18, excluding one-time costs. The combined company anticipates it can generate significant free cash flow, which can be used primarily to pay down debt and/or undertake future organic growth or potential acquisitions.
06:42 EDTCLFCliffs Natural solvency concerns mounting, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Jorge Beristain says that while successful execution of the recently announced debt exchange offer could bring a short-term catalyst for shares of Cliffs Natural, it may not alter medium-term solvency concerns. Post the company's Q4 results, the analyst cut his price target for the shares to $1.00 from $1.50 on lower iron ore realizations. He believes solvency concerns are mounting and reiterates a Sell rating on Cliffs.
February 3, 2016
14:00 EDTMFRMMattress Firm agrees to issue 1.76M shares of common stock
On February 3, 2016, the company agreed to issue an aggregate of 1,762,236 shares of common stock. The Company expects to complete the issuance of the shares of common stock, which issuance will be equivalent to approximately 4.9% of the currently issued and outstanding shares of common stock, on February 5. The Company will receive cash in exchange for 699,300 shares and the remaining 1,062,936 shares will be issued as partial purchase price consideration in exchange for equity interests in Sleepy's. The Board of Directors of the Company approved the issuance after the close of trading on February 2 at a price per share of $35.75.
13:53 EDTMFRMMattress Firm sees Sleepy transaction mid-single digit dilutive in FY16
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February 1, 2016
16:24 EDTCLFMesabi Trust receives royalty report of iron ore product shipments from Cliffs
On January 29, the Trustees of Mesabi Trust (MSB) received the quarterly royalty report of iron ore product shipments from Silver Bay, Minnesota during the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), the parent company of Northshore Mining Company. As previously reported, on January 15, 2016, the Trustees declared a distribution of 5c per Unit of Beneficial Interest payable on February 20 to Mesabi Trust Unitholders of record at the close of business on January 30. As reported by Cliffs, based on shipments of iron ore products by Northshore during the three months ended December 31, 2015, Mesabi Trust was credited with a base royalty of $2.86M. Mesabi Trust also was credited with a bonus royalty in the amount of $271,153, based on the average sales price per ton of iron ore pellets and the volume of shipments by Northshore during the fourth calendar quarter of 2015. Royalties paid to Mesabi Trust, however, reflected a reduction of $797,170 as a result of negative pricing adjustments to base and bonus royalty calculations related to changes in price estimates made in the previous calendar quarters of 2015. Accordingly, the total royalty payments received on January 29, 2016 by Mesabi Trust from Northshore were $2.42M. The royalties paid to Mesabi Trust are based on the volume of shipments of iron ore pellets for the quarter and the year to date, the pricing of iron ore product sales, and the percentage of iron ore pellet shipments from Mesabi Trust lands rather than from non-Mesabi Trust lands. In the fourth calendar quarter of 2015, Northshore credited Mesabi Trust with 981,102 tons of iron ore, as compared to 1,244,364 tons during Q4 of 2014.
January 29, 2016
08:49 EDTAPOLApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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January 28, 2016
10:05 EDTLNNLindsay management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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January 27, 2016
12:28 EDTAPOLFor-profit education names fall after FTC sues DeVry over marketing
DeVry Education (DV) and its peers in the for-profit education space are falling after the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against the company, alleging that DeVry's advertisements "deceived" consumers about the likelihood of finding jobs in their chosen fields of study and earning more than graduates from other universities. In a related action, the Department of Education is also moving against the company for those same practices, requiring it to stop the allegedly deceptive advertisements and take steps to ensure it can verify the truthfulness of its post-graduation employment outcomes, including hiring an independent auditor and informing students of its "unsubstantiated" statistics. The Department's action comes after its investigation of DeVry found the postgraduation employment claims "have not been substantiated to the extent required by law." PRICE ACTION: Shares of DeVry crashed 13.5% to $20.54 following the news, while Apollo Education (APOL), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer Education (STRA) each slid over 2% and Bridgepoint (BPI) fell 1%.
12:07 EDTAPOLDeVry sinks 19% after FTC brings enforcement action
Peers Apollo Education (APOL), Strayer (STRA), Grand Canyon (LOPE) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI) are also moving lower.
09:12 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural sees FY16 CapEx $50M vs. $83M in FY15
For 2016, Cliffs expects full-year sales volume of approximately 17.5 million tons from its U.S. Iron Ore business. In order to reduce pellet inventory levels and generate cash flow from working capital, the Company currently plans to produce approximately 16 million tons of iron ore pellets. Cliffs' full-year 2016 U.S. Iron Ore cash production cost per ton expectation is $50 - $55. The Company's cash cost of goods sold per ton expectation is $55 - $60, representing a reduction of $5 from the previously disclosed 2016 cash costs of goods sold per ton expectation of $60 - $65. Cliffs anticipates depreciation, depletion and amortization to be approximately $7 per ton for full-year 2016. The Company remains in active negotiations with the United Steelworkers and is committed to reaching a fair and equitable agreement. The current contract has been extended by mutual agreement of both parties. The contract extension covers approximately 2,200 USW-represented workers at Cliffs' Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota. Cliffs' full-year 2016 Asia Pacific Iron Ore expected sales and production volume is approximately 11.5 million tons. The product mix is expected to contain 50 percent lump and 50 percent fines. The Company expects full-year 2016 interest expense to be approximately $240 million, of which approximately $205 million is cash interest. Cliffs expects full-year 2016 capital expenditures to be $50 million, a significant reduction compared to 2015 expenditures of $83 million. The reduction is driven by the divestiture of the remaining coal assets as well as spending discipline exhibited in the U.S. Iron Ore business.
08:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q4 US Iron Ore total sales volume 4.5M
U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 4.5 million tons, a 42 percent decrease when compared with 7.8 million tons sold in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven principally by the termination of a customer contract, lower demand from U.S. mills and higher sales in the comparable quarter in the prior year from the delayed start-up of the 2014 shipping season. Cash production cost per ton in U.S. Iron Ore was $45.36, down 23 percent from $58.96 in the prior year's fourth quarter. The decrease was driven by lower employment costs, reduced maintenance and repair costs, and year-over-year lower energy rates. Reports Q4 US Iron Ore total production volume 4.5M. Fourth-quarter 2015 Asia Pacific Iron Ore sales volume of 2.9 million was flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q4 cont ops EPS (14c), consensus (26c)
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