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January 22, 2013
10:00 EDTGCOM, STRZA, OVTI, CCI, AMT, LNKD, IMO, VRNT, SANW, LPSN, ETOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ExactTarget (ET) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LivePerson (LPSN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... S&W Seed (SANW) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Verint Systems (VRNT) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Imperial Oil (IMO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... American Tower (AMT) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Crown Castle (CCI) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Starz (STRZA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Globecomm (GCOM) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti.
News For ET;LPSN;SANW;VRNT;IMO;LNKD;AMT;CCI;OVTI;STRZA;GCOM From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
12:41 EDTCCIMeister says changes could make Crown Castle $100 stock today
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12:39 EDTCCIKeith Meister says Crown Castle largest holding at around $1B
Keith Meister of Corvex Management is speaking on CNBC.
October 16, 2014
10:38 EDTLNKDLinkedin October volatility elevated into Q3 and growth outlook
Linkedin October weekly call option implied volatility is at 71, November is at 55, December is at 47, January at 44; compared to its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results after the market close on October 30.
October 15, 2014
07:02 EDTSANWS&W Seed terminates active discussions to acquire ops of alfalfa seed company
S&W Seed announced that the company has terminated active discussions to acquire certain operations of an alfalfa seed company of similar size. The acquisition would have required a significant financing, having equity as a component. Due to the recent decline in the company's stock price, which the company believes significantly undervalues its current operations and potential, and is below the company's book value per share, the company has elected not to pursue the acquisition at this time. Discussions with potential financing sources were done under confidentiality agreements that restricted them from trading S&W stock, and those agreements are terminated effective immediately. The company may revisit this or other strategic acquisitions at some point in the future, without further notice.
October 14, 2014
09:45 EDTCCICorvex letter to be well received by Crown Castle holders, says Wells Fargo
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08:46 EDTCCICrown Castle confirms receipt of shareholder letter
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08:30 EDTVRNTVerint Systems checks show good deal momentum, says FBR Capital
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08:13 EDTCCICorvex says Crown Castle, Verizon deal would 'diversify' revenues
Corvex said, "A Verizon (VZ) tower deal would diversify Crown Castle's (CCI) revenues and deepen the company's relationship with arguably the U.S.'s strongest wireless company and operator of the country's most robust network. As the largest and most-focused U.S. tower operator and the largest operator of legacy carrier portfolios, Crown Castle could be the best strategic acquirer of Verizon's tower assets. That does not mean the company will be best positioned financially to provide the highest and best bid though. Based on recent press articles, the potential sale price for the Verizon towers could be approximately $6B. However, we strongly believe that the company should not issue any equity at recent prices, and certainly not to acquire more tower assets at premium prices when Crown Castle continues to trade at a material discount to both transaction multiples and publicly traded peers."
08:11 EDTCCICorvex sees Crown Castle to trade closer to 3.5% dividend yield over time
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08:10 EDTCCICorvex says Crown Castle has 'exceptional growth opportunities' ahead
Corvex said, "We are optimistic that many of you share our view that Crown Castle (CCI) is a great business with exceptional growth opportunities in the years ahead. However, we also believe many of you share our frustration over the company's stock price underperformance relative to peers and the market over the last eighteen months, and the company's persistent market discount relative to its peers and its own intrinsic value. We believe Crown Castle shares some of these same frustrations, and we commend management for soliciting input from its shareholders on this issue as well as the company's activities generally. We recently met with management at Crown Castle's headquarters in Houston and have had several follow-up conversations, continuing the productive dialogue we have had with the company for several years. Given the recent published speculation of a potential Verizon (VZ) towers transaction, we felt compelled to reach out publicly to fellow shareholders at this time as well, to further stimulate the capital allocation discussion which has intensified among investors and analysts in recent weeks. We firmly believe Crown Castle's valuation can be improved dramatically and sustainably through a change in the company's capital allocation plan, reducing Crown Castle's cost of capital and enhancing its ability to continue to grow and compound shareholder value over the long term. Based on our analysis, we see a near-term opportunity for Crown Castle to drive a 27% re-rating in its equity, and the potential for over 60% upside in 15 months. Once the company's equity currency has strengthened, Crown Castle can aggressively pursue a Verizon towers transaction, creating even greater long-term value for shareholders. However, if the company does not have the right cost of capital, it should not be pursuing acquisitions or issuing equity, whether for Verizon's towers or any other transaction. We make our case to shareholders and the company below, as well as in the attached presentation. Our analysis suggests a change in capital allocation could result in Crown Castle's stock trading for in excess of $100.00 per share within a short time frame, and compounding further from there. Based on recent public commentary by management, we think Crown Castle may be considering the same actions we suggest."
08:07 EDTCCICorvex sends letter to Crown Castle regarding capital allocation
Corvex Management released a letter to Crown Castle shareholders outlining a proposal to improve the company's capital allocation strategy to strengthen Crown Castle's valuation, reduce its cost of capital, and enhance the company's ability to continue to grow and compound shareholder value. The company said, "Given the increased public debate around Crown Castle's capital allocation policy as well as the potential for a Verizon towers transaction in the near future, we feel compelled to share our views publicly. We believe Crown Castle's valuation can be improved dramatically and sustainably by changing its capital allocation plan, expanding the company's investor base and closing its discount to peers and intrinsic value. We commend management for soliciting input from us and our fellow shareholders regularly, and we look forward to working together to create value for all Crown Castle shareholders."
October 13, 2014
06:18 EDTSTRZAStarz to launch streaming service in international markets, FT reports
Starz is set to launch in international markets with the creation of the international Starz Play service with Peter Ekelund's Parsifal Entertainment, the Financial Times reports. The tie-up, which is likely to be announced today at the Mipcom television market in Cannes, will launch Starz Play in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Reference Link

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