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June 30, 2014
15:35 EDTCLFCliffs Natural gets unanimous support from lenders to amend credit facility
Earlier today, Cliffs Natural Resources announced that it has entered into an agreement to amend its existing $1.75B unsecured revolving credit facility with its syndicate of banking partners. The amendment agreement replaces the existing leverage covenant ratio with a Debt-to-Capitalization ratio for the life of the facility in order to provide the company a more consistent source of liquidity. This amended facility retains substantial financial flexibility for management to continue making prudent business decisions during this period of pricing volatility. Unlike the prior amendment completed in the first quarter of 2013, this amendment addresses the leverage covenant for the life of the facility, while also retaining the full $1.75B facility size and the existing maturity date of Oct. 16, 2017. The new amended terms are effective June 30 and received the unanimous support of the entire lender group, despite requiring only greater than 50% approval. Cliffs further stated that it has undertaken proactive measures to manage its debt and liquidity profile in order to further strengthen its balance sheet as iron ore and met coal prices continue to be volatile. The company's management team continues to take the necessary steps to ensure the organization can operate efficiently and maintain consistent access to liquidity through an industry-wide cyclical downturn. The completion of the amendment is further evidence of management's commitment to its balance sheet and liquidity management objectives. Cliffs Natural is higher by 2.73% in late afternoon trading.
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July 28, 2014
10:02 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:50 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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09:12 EDTCLFCliffs Natural upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
Macquarie upgraded Cliffs Natural based on a better earnings outlook and a potential positive resolution either way to the proxy battle. Price target raised to $17 from $10.
July 24, 2014
10:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural backs FY CapEx view $275M-$325M
Says recommendations of proxy firms "clear and unanimous" that Casablanca nominees "should not constitute majority of Cliffs board." Says now is not the time to liquidate assets. Lowering FY CapEx spending about 65% from 2013 levels. Says will continue reviewing opportunities to further reduce CapEx spending without compromising production or safety. Says coal market conditions remain challenging. Says idling Pinnacle Mine "increasingly likely" given current market conditions. Sees cash tax rate 24% for FY. Sees cost cutting, asset optimization plans continuing. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:24 EDTCLFCliffs Natural notes revied Glass Lewis recommendation
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08:24 EDTCLFCasablance urges Cliffs investors to disregard Glass Lewis's recommendation
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July 23, 2014
18:34 EDTCLFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fortinet (FTNT), up 7.8%... Hanesbrands (HBI), up 5.4%... 8x8 (EGHT), up 5.1%... Infinera (INFN), up 4.9%... Facebook (FB), reverses and is now trading up 5.1% following second quarter earnings conference call. NOTABLE: Twitter (TWTR), up 1.7%, LinkedIn (LNKD), up marginally, and Yelp (YELP), up 1.6% after Facebook reports second quarter results. ALSO HIGHER: Spectranetics (SPNC), up 7.1% after receiving FDA clearance for atherectomy products, Turbo-Tandem and Turbo Elite... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 7.1%... Jamba (JMBA), up 3.8% after Engaged Capital reports stake in the company and announced that they had discussions with management. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AT&T (T), down 1.2%... Angie's List (ANGI), down 16.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 11.5%... Orchids Paper (TIS), down 7.4%... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), down 6.6%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 1.2%... Teradyne (TER), down 4%. ALSO LOWER: Kandi Technologies (KNDI), down 3.8% after being mentioned negatively in a Seeking Alpha blog post.
16:44 EDTCLFCliffs Natural lowers U.S. iron ore production view to low end of prior outlook
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16:39 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q2 EPS (1c), consensus (6c)
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July 21, 2014
14:18 EDTCLFCliffs Natural July weekly volatility increases into Q2
Cleveland Cliffs July weekly call option implied volatility is at 83, August is at 58, September is at 57, January is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
12:11 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; PBR CLF
Petrobras (PBR) October 20 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 44, Cliffs Natural (CLF) October 17 call option implied volatility increased 7% to 48 according to IVolatility
08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural urges vote in favor of seven Cliffs nominees
Cliffs Natural Resources issued an open letter to shareholders in connection with its upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, stating in part: "Cliffs' July 29 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is right around the corner and you have an important and strategic choice to make regarding the composition of the Cliffs Board and the future direction of your company. Last week, Cliffs announced that we reduced our slate from nine to seven candidates in order to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the Board of Directors as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision... Surrendering a majority of the Board will enable Casablanca to enact what we believe is a value-destructive plan, including a "fire sale" of Cliffs' assets at the bottom of the commodity cycle."
July 18, 2014
10:05 EDTCLFCasablanca calls Cliffs Natural revised proxy 'desperate ploy'
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08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces revised proxy with ISS, Glass Lewis recommendations
Cliffs Natural announced that it has revised its WHITE proxy card to provide shareholders with a clear path to vote consistently with the recommendations of Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, and Glass Lewis without inadvertently providing Casablanca Capital with a majority of the board as a result of Cliffs' cumulative voting provision. While both proxy solicitation firms have recommended shareholders support four Casablanca nominees, they have recommended that Cliffs' nominees should remain as the majority of Cliffs' board. As such, Cliffs' board has reduced its slate of directors to be elected at the 2014 Annual Meeting from nine to seven candidates, with Barry J. Eldridge and Stephen M. Johnson no longer standing for re-election. With this change, shareholders can vote the company's WHITE proxy card in order to elect four of Casablanca's nominees and seven of Cliffs' nominees, which is in line with both ISS' and Glass Lewis' recommendations. In addition, Cliffs' board is offering to include Lourenco Goncalves, Joseph Rutkowski, Gabriel Stoliar, and Douglas Taylor on Cliffs' WHITE proxy card, subject to such individuals providing Cliffs with their consent to include their names on Cliffs' proxy card.
July 17, 2014
09:50 EDTCLFEgan-Jones recommends Cliffs Natural investors vote for director nominees
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05:13 EDTCLFISS, Glass Lewis recommend Cliffs Natural holders vote GOLD proxy card
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July 14, 2014
08:15 EDTCLFCliffs Natural recommends voting WHITE proxy card
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