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June 26, 2014
08:23 EDTCLFCasablanca files presentation detailing case for change at Cliffs Natural
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, released a detailed presentation outlining its plan to drive substantial value creation for all Cliffs shareholders. The presentation, along with other information regarding Casablanca’s nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the Company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of shareholders to be held on July 29, can be found at www.fixcliffs.com. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca, stated, “Cliffs’ Board supported an expansion strategy that destroyed over $9 billion of capital and drove the share price down by 85%. This Board continues to resist the fundamental change that is needed to get Cliffs back on track. The incompetence, inaction, misaligned compensation and self-interest must come to an end. We urge shareholders to elect a new slate of directors who will refocus Cliffs on its core U.S. iron ore business, stop the bleeding at Bloom Lake, drastically reduce overhead, divest non-core assets and start generating positive returns for shareholders.” Key issues addressed in Casablanca’s presentation include: Cliffs’ failed diversification strategy, which has wasted billions in shareholder capital and allowed the Company to drift away from the strength of its core U.S. iron ore franchise; Cliffs’ cost structure, which, in spite of recently announced cuts, remains bloated; The Board’s entrenched and under-qualified directors, whose lack of alignment with shareholders is demonstrated by their de minimis ownership of Cliffs and their propensity for awarding management excessive compensation despite poor performance. Casablanca’s independent, knowledgeable and experienced Director nominees intend to guide Cliffs for the benefit of all shareholders. Casablanca urges all shareholders to vote their shares FOR Casablanca’s independent nominees on the GOLD proxy card.
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July 29, 2015
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; July 29, 2015
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10:58 EDTCLFCliffs Natural Resources sees trade cases as 'game changer' for steel makers
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10:23 EDTCLFCliffs Natural Resources says it has 'ample liquidity'
Says customers updated forecast for prices was "substantially lower" than prior quarter. Says has opportunity to optimize working capital. Says able to maintain cost guidance despite volume cuts. Says it expects to receive anticipated $160M federal tax refund. Sees FY15 SG&A guidance of $120M. Says continues to resolve all issues left from previous regime. Says has moved forward with divestiture of several assets. Says "we control our destiny and our use of cash." Says working diligently with interested buyers for Pinnacle toward a deal, expects to announce in very near future. Says will continue to pursue further cost reduction opportunities in order to stay cash flow positive. Says will be temporarily be idling production at United Taconite facility. Comments taken from Q2 earnings call. In morning trading, shares in Cliffs Natural Resources were down 7.74% to $2.74.
08:21 EDTCLFCliffs Natural backs FY15 capital expenditure budget of $100M-$125M
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08:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 U.S. iron ore pellet sales volume down 2% to 4.2M tons
Cliffs Natural reports U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume in Q2 was 4.2M tons, a 2% decrease when compared to the second quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven by reduced year-over-year export sales and lower demand by U.S. mills, partially offset by improved shipping conditions on the Great Lakes. Cash production cost per ton in U.S. Iron Ore was $56.06, down 9% from $61.37 in the prior year's second quarter. The decrease was driven by a reduction in salaried workforce headcount and overall reductions in employment costs along with a year-over-year reduction in energy rates. This was partially offset by decreases in production volume due to scheduled maintenance and repairs. Realized revenue rates of $78.32 per ton were lower than previously guided as a result of a significant adjustment to the hot-band steel price estimate for one major contract.
08:17 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 EPS 39c, consensus (11c)
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05:59 EDTCLFStocks with implied volatility movement; AMGN CLF
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Amgen (AMGN) 30, Cliffs Natural (CLF) 125 according to iVolatility.
July 23, 2015
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July 22, 2015
11:34 EDTCLFOptions with increasing put volume and implied volatility: RSX CLF FFIV
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