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News For VIVHY;KKR;DTV From The Last 14 Days
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March 31, 2015
06:21 EDTKKRKKR, Anchor in talks to buy majority stake in Groupon unit, Reuters reports
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March 30, 2015
06:28 EDTVIVHYVivendi, activist investor battling over payout call, Reuters says
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTVIVHYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Black Diamond (BDE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... Diodes (DIOD) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... EMC (EMC) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Epizyme (EPZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... FutureFuel (FF) downgraded Neutral at Roth Capital... GameStop (GME) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... MSC Industrial (MSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Precision Drilling (PDS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Semtech (SMTC) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Vantiv (VNTV) downgraded at SunTrust... Vivendi (VIVHY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... WESCO (WCC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... World Acceptance (WRLD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
06:14 EDTDTVAT&T betting on slow decline in traditional cable packages, WSJ says
AT&T (T) knew that demand for cable bundles had likely peaked when it bought DirecTV (DTV), but the company believes the decline in traditional cable businesses will be slower than anticipated, allowing it to fund upgrades to its broadband network, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey. "The world is going to be broadband... and that is where we want to be," said Stankey. The Journal notes that Apple (AAPL), Time Warner's (TWC) HBO, and Dish (DISH) have launched or plan to launch web-TV packages and services. Reference Link
05:42 EDTVIVHYVivendi downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas
March 23, 2015
15:31 EDTVIVHYPSAM calls for EUR9B distribution to Vivendi shareholders
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08:13 EDTDTVPendrell unit: Court rejects attempts to limit scope of DRM patents
ContentGuard Holdings, a subsidiary of Pendrell Corporation (PCO), announced that on Friday, March 20, Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a 144 page Claim Construction Order in lawsuits ContentGuard filed against several companies who continue to use its patented Digital Rights Management solutions without a license, including Apple (AAPL), Amazon.com (AMZN), DirecTV (DTV), Google (GOOG), HTC, Huawei, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics (SSNLF). In his order, Judge Gilstrap interpreted the language in ContentGuard’s patents in a manner that fully preserves the breadth of ContentGuard’s patented Digital Rights Management technologies. These technologies were developed to enable the distribution of digital media over the Internet and other networks, including cellular and satellite networks, and provide innovative solutions to problems that were once thought to be unsolvable. “We are very pleased with the Court’s ruling,” commented James Baker, ContentGuard’s Vice President for Licensing and Strategic Development. “We believe these claim constructions demonstrate that the online stores defendants provide for buying and renting DRM-protected movies, videos, books, and music and devices that play, run, display or print this DRM-protected content infringe ContentGuard’s pioneering DRM patents.”
07:56 EDTVIVHYVivendi rejects calls from hedge fund to sell Universal Music Group, FT reports
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06:06 EDTKKRAres Management, GE Capital invests in package supporting KKR acquisition
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March 19, 2015
15:46 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near deal for majority of Philips lighting unit, Bloomberg says
Private equity firms KKR (KKR) and CVC Capital Partners are nearing a deal that could be announced as soon as next week to buy 80% of Philips' (PHG) lighting components unit, with Philips retaining the remaining stake, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The firms' bid values the whole of the business at about $2.7B, the sources told Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:19 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near bid for 80% of Philips lighting components unit, Bloomberg says
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March 18, 2015
08:25 EDTKKRSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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08:10 EDTKKRAres Management names Michael McFerran as CFO
Ares Management, L.P. (ARES) announced that it has appointed Michael R. McFerran as Executive VP, CFO and Treasurer, effective March 23. McFerran will assume firm-wide CFO and Treasurer responsibilities. McFerran was previously a Managing Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) where he served as the CFO of KKR’s credit business and was the COO and CFO of KKR Financial Holdings LLC (KFN). Daniel F. Nguyen, Ares Management’s current CFO and Treasurer, will remain with Ares as CFO of the Ares Private Equity and Tradable Credit Groups and will continue his involvement with firm M&A activities. The CFO roles for each of the other two Ares investment groups, Direct Lending and Real Estate, will continue to be filled by Penni Roll and Tae-Sik Yoon, respectively. In addition, Roll will continue as CFO of Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) and Yoon will continue as CFO of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE).
07:30 EDTDTVAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTKKRUxin raises $170M from KKR, Baidu, others, WSJ says
Chinese used car auctioneer Uxin has raised $170M from backers including KKR (KKR) and Baidu (BIDU), reports the Wall Street Journal. Uxin will primarily use the fund to expand its business-to-consumer operations to complete with rivals Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM). Reference Link
March 17, 2015
07:53 EDTKKRMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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