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February 13, 2014
08:47 EDTVZ, BRK.A, GM, AVP, KKR, HMC, F, NLSN, GHC, TM, MRK, GOOG, NFLX, CMCSAOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Comcast (CMCSA) looking to step into Netflix (NFLX) streaming territory...Google's (GOOG) Android comes with restrictions for device makers...Nielsen (NLSN) faces intense competition measuring online viewers...Avon Products (AVP) in talks to settle bribery probe...Dropbox hires Google (GOOG) executive as COO...Merck (MRK) consumer brand portfolio could fetch $10B...REUTERS: Winter weather forces automakers (F, GM,TM, HMC) to increase discounting...BLOOMBERG: Buffett (BRK.A) seeks to end investment in Graham Holdings (GHC)...KKR (KKR), Apax said to be mulling bid for Telesat...OTHER NEWS: Verizon Wireless (VZ) prepares price cuts, aims to close call centers, Re/code reports...Ford (F) acknowledges collection of driver data to Congress, Detroit News reports.
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June 30, 2015
08:22 EDTVZMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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June 29, 2015
10:58 EDTKKRKKR to pay $30M to settle SEC charges of misallocating broken deal expenses
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June 28, 2015
14:50 EDTVZSome AOL investors to seek higher price from Verizon in court, WSJ says
Certain AOL investors including Brigade Capital and Verition have opted not to sell their holdings to Verizon for $50 per share and will instead seek a higher price through an appraisal process, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report notes that the dissenting firms hold roughly 5% of AOL. Reference Link
June 26, 2015
07:28 EDTKKRKKR-backed Coffee Day plans $181M IPO in India, Bloomberg reports
Coffee Day Enterprises, which includes KKR (KKR) among its investors, plans to raise as much as $181M from an initial share sale in India, Bloomberg reports. Kotak Mahindra Capital, Citi (C), and Morgan Stanley (MS) are among the managers to the planned sale, the report says. Reference Link
June 25, 2015
18:07 EDTVZHuff Post network 'almost definitely' launching on Verizon service, Variety says
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16:42 EDTVZFCC Chairman outlines changes to future spectrum auctions
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14:13 EDTVZVerizon's HuffPo to launch 24-hour online video network, Hollywood Reporter says
The Huffington Post plans to launch a 24-hour online video network featuring live programming, original series and other video, HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington told staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website, whose parent AOL was recently acquired by Verizon, will also establish film and television divisions, the report noted. Reference Link
08:35 EDTVZVerizon and Scripps Networks sign licensing agreement
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07:48 EDTKKRMorgan Stanley disregards Fed guidelines with $1B loan, NY Post reports
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05:13 EDTVZVerizon repair crews working to keep customers connected in Mid-Atlantic
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June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTVZT-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:00 EDTGHC, VZS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
09:03 EDTKKR3M to buy Capital Safety from KKR in deal valued at $2.5B
3M (MMM) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Capital Safety from KKR (KKR) for a total enterprise value of $2.5B, including the assumption of approximately $700M of debt, net of cash acquired. The business employs approximately 1,500 people worldwide and is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota. On a GAAP reported basis, 3M estimates the acquisition to be 4c dilutive to earnings in the first 12 months following completion of the transaction. Excluding purchase accounting adjustments and anticipated one-time expenses related to the transaction and integration, 3M estimates the acquisition to be 12c accretive to earnings over the same period. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. 3M will finance the transaction with existing cash, a portion of which will come from outside the U.S.
08:45 EDTKKRKKR toa cquire C.H.I. Overhead Doors from FFL, terms not disclosed
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08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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June 22, 2015
17:42 EDTVZVerizon offers raises to 38K employees
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16:44 EDTVZVerizon names Scott Krohn as Treasurer
Fran Shammo, CFO, Verizon (VZ), announced that Scott Krohn will join Verizon on July 6 as Treasurer, succeeding Matt Ellis, who was previously appointed to lead Finance in Verizon's Operations organization. Before joining Verizon, Krohn VP - Tax and Treasurer at 3M Company (MMM), where for the last three years his areas of focus included capital structure strategy and execution, pension asset management, financial risk management, and more recently tax planning and governance. Prior to this, Krohn worked for almost 15 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of finance leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas, with his most recent roles there focusing on financial strategy and debt capital markets.
08:15 EDTKKRKKR announces strategic investment in Tarena
KKR (KKR) announced a strategic investment into Tarena International (TEDU), a provider of professional education services in China. In this transaction, KKR and Shaoyun Han, founder, Chairman and CEO of Tarena, had entered into definitive agreements to purchase an aggregate of $90.5M of ordinary shares in the company from existing pre-IPO shareholders, which are funds managed by affiliates of Goldman Sachs and IDG Technology Venture Investments, LLC. Pursuant to these agreements, KKR has agreed to purchase 6,826,263 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 13% stake in the company, from the selling shareholders for a total purchase price of $70M. Han has agreed to purchase 2,000,000 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 3.8% stake in the company, from the selling shareholders for a total purchase price of $20.5M, in private transactions. Han intends to fund the purchase through the issuance of a convertible bond to KKR, issued by an entity wholly owned by Han. The share purchase and sale transactions are expected to close in July, subject to customary closing conditions. KKR’s investment is through its China Growth Fund. Further details of the transaction are not disclosed.
08:06 EDTKKRTarena announces investment from KKR and Tarena CEO Shaoyun Han
Tarena (TEDU) announced that KKR (KKR) and Shaoyun Han, founder, chairman and CEO of Tarena, had entered into definitive agreements to purchase an aggregate of $90.5M of ordinary shares in the Company from existing pre-IPO shareholders, which are funds managed by affiliates of Goldman Sachs and IDG Technology Venture Investments, LLC. Pursuant to these agreements, KKR has agreed to purchase 6,826,263 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 13% stake in the Company, from the selling shareholders for $70M, and Shaoyun Han has agreed to purchase 2,000,000 Class A ordinary shares, representing an approximately 3.8% stake in the company, from the selling shareholders for $20.5M, in private transactions. Mr. Han intends to fund the purchase through the issuance by an entity wholly owned by Han of a convertible bond to KKR.
08:02 EDTKKRTransphorm announces new $70M investment led by KKR
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