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August 20, 2014
11:44 EDTKKRMylan completes second bidding round for GSK prescription portfolio, WSJ says
Mylan (MYL), TPG Capital, Advent International, KKR (KKR), Warburg Pincus and a few Indian prescription manufacturers have completed the second round of bidding for GlaxoSmith Kline's (GSK) portfolio of mature medications, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the sales process. GSK noted that it aims to sell a portfolio of drug brands in the U.S. and EU with yearly sales of approximately $1.66B. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
10:39 EDTKKRKKR hires Rothschild for sale of Northgate's public sector unit, Reuters says
KKR has engaged Rothschild to arrange for the sale of the public sector division of its software firm Northgate Information Solutions which may fetch around $600M, says Reuters. Reference Link
06:26 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia board plans meeting to discuss GVT bid, Reuters says
Telecom Italia (TI) is poised to have a board meeting sometime next week to talk about making a takeover bid for Vivendi's (VIVHY) GVT division, according to Reuters, citing a source close to the matter. The source said, "Certainly nothing will happen this week," but explained that the meeting was likely to occur on August 27. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
13:32 EDTVIVHYTelefonica adds content deal in bid for Vivendi GVT unit, Reuters says
Telefonica (TEF) has added to its bid for Vivendi's (VIVHY) Brazilian broadband telecoms business, GVT, by offering Vivendi a television content-sharing deal, says Reuters. The content-sharing deal offered by Telefonica brings its total offer to approximately $9.4B which is in-line with what Telecom Italia (TI) may counter bid for GVT, added Reuters. Reference Link
09:16 EDTDTVDreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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06:06 EDTKKRKKR, Abacus to acquire 70% of World Trade Center, Melbourne
Abacus Property Group and KKR have entered into definitive transaction documents to acquire a 70% interest in Towers 2, 3 and 4 of the World Trade Center, Melbourne. The vendor, Asset 1 WTC, will retain a 30% co-ownership interest. The total consideration for the acquisition of the 70% interest is $120.4M, excluding transaction costs, and represents an initial yield of 9.3% per annum. The property is a part of the Northbank precinct adjacent to the central business district. Under the terms of the venture, KKR will fund 75% of the equity and Abacus will fund the remaining 25%. Abacus will provide local property, asset and development management services to WTC. The transaction is subject to FIRB approval and finalisation of the senior bank facility, which is well advanced. Settlement is anticipated to occur in October this year. Reference Link
August 17, 2014
13:51 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia looks to outbid rival for Vivendi's GVT unit, Bloomberg says
Telecom Italia (TI) is preparing to outbid Telefonica (TEF) and offer as much as $9.4B for Vivendiís (VIVHY) Brazilian broadband unit GVT, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTKKROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Calavo Growers (CVGW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... DaVita (DVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ducommun (DCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Energy XXI (EXXI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Genetic Technologies (GENE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Harmony Gold (HMY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... K12 (LRN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KKR (KKR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lexington Realty (LXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lithia Motors (LAD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... New York & Co. (NWY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OCI Partners (OCIP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tencent (TCEHY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
07:26 EDTKKRApollo, KKR downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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05:41 EDTKKRKKR downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded KKR to Market Perform citing valuation.
August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTDTVPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:54 EDTDTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:13 EDTKKROmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:27 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia confirms talks with Vivendi for potential Brazilian combination
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13:16 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia confirms in talks with Vivendi for alliance
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August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTDTVJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
07:25 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia head, Vivendi chairman to discuss GVT offer, Reuters says
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August 11, 2014
06:13 EDTKKRTreasury Wine Estates confirms receipt of competing proposal
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August 10, 2014
21:15 EDTKKRKKR rival TPG makes bid for Treasury Wine Estates, WSJ says
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August 8, 2014
10:36 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTVIVHYVivendi arm in discussions for majority share in Mediaset unit, Reuters says
Canal Plus, Vivendi's (VIVHY) pay-TV division is in discussions to buy a majority stake in a subsidiary of Mediaset (MDIUY), Mediaset Premium, according to Reuters, citing sources. Reference Link
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