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March 6, 2013
16:19 EDTDRYS, ORIGDryShips says still bearish about short-term performance of shipping markets
The company said, "We continue to be bearish about the short-term performance of the shipping markets. Both tanker and drybulk spot charter rates continue to hover around historic lows. Unfortunately this comes at a time when most of our lucrative legacy charters expire. As we have mentioned in previous quarters, low-cost financing for traditional shipping assets is generally less available than before and therefore the optimization of our newbuilding programs is our top priority right now...Our shareholding in Ocean Rig has been our backstop. We recently sold down a portion of our holdings for approximately $120M. This action was not a preferred option (especially at today's pricing levels) but it was necessary. In addition, we have pledged some of our Ocean Rig shares to our banks to remedy covenant breaches. We continue to be bullish about the prospects for Ocean Rig. The backlog currently stands at $5.1B over three years and provides Ocean Rig with substantial cash flow visibility and growth. Given strong industry fundamentals, we expect to further increase our already substantial backlog by entering into long-term contracts for remaining units."
News For DRYS;ORIG From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
10:15 EDTDRYSHigh option volume stocks
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09:36 EDTDRYSActive equity options trading on open
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09:18 EDTDRYSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.3%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 8.8%... Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 17.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 16%. ALSO HIGHER: Procter & Gamble (PG), up 2.7% after earning report, announcing plans to exit Duracell business by creating a stand-alone Duracell company... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 40% following its report of top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials... Digital River (DRIV), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by investor group for $26.00 per share. LOWER: Amazon (AMZN), down 9.3%, downgraded at Cowen and Janney Capital following the company's Q3 report... DryShips (DRYS), down 26% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 4.4% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 4% after downgraded at Goldman and BMO Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pandora (P), down 7%... Synaptics (SYNA), down 9.9%... Flowserve (FLS), down 5%... New Oriental Education (EDU), down 4%.
08:51 EDTDRYSDryShips 250M shares Secondary priced at $1.40
DryShips announced that it priced the offering of 250M sharse of its common stock at a price of $1.40 per share. As part of the offering, George Economou, the Company's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, has purchased $80 million, or 57,142,857 shares, of common stock in the offering at the public offering price. RS Platou Markets, Inc. and Pareto Securities Inc. are acting as joint lead managers, joint bookrunners and placement agents in the offering.
October 23, 2014
18:52 EDTDRYSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Rubicon Project (RUBI), up 19.2%... KLA-Tencor (KLAC), up 15.8%... Gigamon (GIMO), up 13.5%... Maxwell (MXWL), up 11.3%... Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up 9.8%... NetSuite (N), up 5.5%... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.3%... Juniper Networks (JNPR), reverses in after-hours trading and is up 1.4% after reporting third quarter results and announcing a $1.1B increase to the company's share repurchase authorization. ALSO HIGHER: Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 38.6% following positive top-line results from two Phase 1 clinical trials of BI1181181/VTP-37948... Pfizer (PFE), up 1.8% after announcing a new $11B share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.7%... Synaptics(SYNA), down 12.7%... Pandora (P), down 6.8%... Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC), down 5.6%... Maxim Integrated (MXIM), down 5.8%. ALSO LOWER: DryShips (DRYS), down 16.5% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), down 7.9% following PDUFA date for Natpara extended three months to January 24... GoPro (GPRO), down 2.8% after being initiated with an Underperform at Oppenheimer.
16:42 EDTDRYSDryShips files automatic common stock shelf
DryShips announced that it launched an offering of its common stock, par value $0.01 per share. RS Platou Markets, Inc. and Pareto Securities Inc. are acting as joint lead managers, joint bookrunners and placement agents in the offering. ABN AMRO Securities LLC is acting as joint lead manager and placement agent. DVB Capital Markets LLC is acting as co-manager and placement agent. RS Platou Markets AS and Pareto Securities AS are acting as placement agents. RS Platou Markets AS and Pareto Securities AS are not U.S. registered broker-dealers and to the extent that this offering is made within the United States, their activities will be effected only to the extent permitted by Rule 15a-6 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repurchase a portion of its $700M principal amount of indebtedness under the 5.0% Convertible Senior Notes maturing on December 1, 2014.
October 20, 2014
09:52 EDTDRYSDryShips unit awarded contract extensions
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09:49 EDTDRYSDryShips expects Q3 EBITDA $265M-$300M
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09:45 EDTORIG, DRYSOcean Rig UDW says stock price does not reflect true value
George Economou, Ocean Rig UDW CEO, said in a press release, "We do not believe that the current stock price of Ocean Rig reflects the true value of company, which stock price has be adversely affected by the recent volatility of the oil price. The loan from Ocean Rig to Dryships is just a backstop in case Dryships need more time to execute on its various alternatives to refinance its Convertible Notes due December 1, 2014, and will be repaid as soon as possible. Ocean Rig with its high specification, pure play UDW fleet and solid balance sheet and backlog is uniquely positioned amongst its clients. Ocean Rig's newbuilding program in 2016 and 2017 provides further growth into a market we believe in and its solid backlog supports for dividends and other value creation initiatives, such as the MLP." Ocean Rig shares are down 10c to $13.34 while its parent DryShips is rallying 24c to $1.93 in early trading.
09:39 EDTDRYS, ORIGOcean Rig UDW lends $120M to DryShips, extends Petrobras contracts
Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) said it has agreed to lend its parent company, DryShips (DRYS), up to $120M of immediate liquidity through a short-term unsecured loan. The proceeds will be used, if needed, to repay Dryships’ 5% Convertible Notes maturing in Dec. 1. Ocean Rig has declared its third consecutive quarterly cash dividend with respect to the quarter ended September 30, of 19c per common share, to shareholders of record as of October 31, and payable on or about November 11. Ocean Rig added that it has been awarded extensions of the drilling contracts for its two ultra deepwater drillships, the Ocean Rig Corcovado and the Ocean Rig Mykonos by Petrobras (PBR) for drilling offshore Brazil. The contract extensions are subject to partner approvals. The term of each extension is for 1,095 days with a total combined revenue backlog of over $1.1Bm excluding reimbursement by Petrobras for contract related equipment upgrades. The new contracts will commence in direct continuation from the end of the current agreements with Petrobras, in Q1 and Q2 of 2015. Ocean Rig also signed an amendment with Total E&P Angola to extend the date by which Total E&P Angola should exercise the option to extend the term of the contract for two additional one-year periods. The first option is now exercisable until February 27, 2015 and the second option exercisable within one year after the date of exercise of the first option.
October 15, 2014
07:08 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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October 14, 2014
12:29 EDTDRYSDryShips looks to secure bank loan as $700M in debt comes due, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTDRYSActive equity options trading on open
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05:51 EDTDRYSStocks with implied volatility movement; DRYS ZNGA
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October 13, 2014
13:39 EDTDRYSDryShips downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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10:26 EDTDRYSHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTDRYSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
08:52 EDTDRYSDryShips downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital
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