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February 18, 2014
07:59 EDTBX, ECABlackstone in talks to buy Encana assets, NY Post says
Blackstone Group (BX) is in "serious talks" to buy some assets from Encana (ECA), according to The New York Post, citing two sources close to the situation. The report notes that Encana said in January it was willing to sell its Deep Panuke natural gas project off Nova Scotia, though the company's CEO subsequently has said that it was not actively trying to sell Deep Panuke. Reference Link
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February 26, 2015
12:56 EDTBXKKR's Samson in restructuring talks, WSJ says
KKR's (KKR) Samson Resources is in discussions with restructuring advisers at Blackstone (BX) and other firms on how to handle its $3.8B long-term debt, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that Samson previously expressed interest in selling some oil and gas fields. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
12:31 EDTECAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:13 EDTBXBlackstone seeks coalition partners to invest outside its funds, WSJ reports
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06:24 EDTECAEncana reduces 2015 CapEx by $700M to $2.0B-$2.2B
Encana is reducing its previously announced 2015 capital investment by approximately $700M to $2.0B-$2.2B. The company's 2015 capital program is now based on assumptions of $50 per barrel WTI oil prices and NYMEX natural gas prices of $3 per MMBtu. Encana expects total 2015 cash flow of $1.4B-$1.6B. The company intends to fully fund its 2015 capital program and dividend with anticipated cash flow combined with net proceeds of around $800M from the previously announced divestitures of certain Clearwater assets and Montney midstream infrastructure.
06:22 EDTECAEncana reports Q4 EPS 5c, consensus 21c
Reports Q4 average liquid production 106,400 bbls/d, up 61% YoY. Reports Q4 natural gas production of 1,861 MMcf/d, down 32%.
February 23, 2015
08:42 EDTBXBlackstone Energy Partners II is oversubscribed at $4.5B
Blackstone announced the commencement of the investment period for its second energy-focused private equity fund, Blackstone Energy Partners II, with total commitments of $4.5B. BEP II received significant interest from both existing and new investors, with demand well surpassing the fundís $4.5B hard cap. Investors in the fund include a diverse group of U.S. state pension funds, corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices. Like its predecessor fund BEP I, a $2.4B fund that had its final close in September 2012, BEP II will invest in control-oriented equity and equity-linked interests in companies, assets and development projects in the energy and natural resources sector on a global basis. To date, Blackstoneís energy-focused private equity team of professionals has deployed over $8B in this strategy. Blackstone's $16B diversified global private equity fund will continue to invest alongside BEP II in energy transactions on a 50/50 basis.
February 18, 2015
06:03 EDTBXAllen Systems Group reaches agreement with senior lenders on debt restructuring
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February 17, 2015
07:02 EDTBXRentech secures additional loan commitment of up to $63M from GSO Capital
Rentech, Inc. (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), has increased its credit facility for Rentech by up to $63M. The majority of the proceeds from this new facility are expected to fund completion of Rentechís Canadian wood pellet projects through positive cash flow. Rentech now estimates the cost to complete the construction of its Canadian wood pellet projects to be $125M-$130M. Rentech expects that the new term loan, together with its other cash resources, will be sufficient to fund its Atikokan and Wawa pellet projects until they have been commissioned and begin to generate positive cash flow. Rentech currently estimates that the cost to acquire and construct the two plants will be $125M-$130M, up from $105M. The majority of the increase is due to delays in construction and higher labor costs for installation of electrical and mechanical components. Rentech expects that working capital and the cost to commission the plants will add approximately $6 to $10 million to the estimated total project cost. Rentech does not expect the plants to generate positive EBITDA or cash flow for the year 2015. Annual stabilized EBITDA projected for both plants remains in line with previous guidance of C$17M-C$20M.
February 13, 2015
09:21 EDTBXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cytokinetics (CYTK), up 15.6%... King Digital (KING), up 22.2%... Cyberark Software (CYBR), up 19.2%... Web.com (WWWW), up 4%... CBS (CBS), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10.9% following a New York Post report that the company is exploring a sale. Carlyle Group (CG), which owns Freescale, along with Blackstone (BX), is up 1.5%. Blackstone is up fractionally... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.4% following a Bloomberg report that the company is seeking a buyer for assets in North Dakota... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 5.7% following a CNBC report that Sarissa Capital is seeking to replace Ariad CEO and Chairman Harvey Berger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Knowles (KN), down 20.3%... Zynga (ZNGA). down 12.4%... J.M. Smucker (SJM), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Magnachip Semiconductor (MX), down 51.7% after restating financial results... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), down 7.6% after 20M share Secondary priced at $3.75.
07:10 EDTBXFreescale said to be exploring a sale, NY Post reports
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