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April 28, 2014
07:10 EDTETP, SUSS, SUSP, ETEEnergy Transfer Partners to acquire Susser Holdings for approx. $1.8B
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby ETP plans to acquire Susser Holdings Corporation (SUSS) in a unit and cash transaction valued at a total consideration of approximately $1.8B. By acquiring Susser Holdings, ETP will own the general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights in Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP), approximately 11 million SUSP common units, and SUSS’ existing retail operations, consisting of 630 convenience store locations. Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of ETP and SUSS, the shareholders of Susser Holdings will have the option to elect to receive either $80.25 in cash or 1.4506 ETP common units, or a combination of both, for each share held. The shareholder election is subject to proration to ensure that aggregate cash paid and common units issued will each represent 50% of the aggregate merger consideration. Given the capital appreciation embedded in the stock price of Susser Holdings, the receipt of ETP units on a tax deferred basis should be attractive to long-term Susser shareholders. ETP has entered into a support agreement with shareholders representing 10% of the outstanding Susser Holdings’ shares, pursuant to which such shareholders have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the merger and to elect to receive 100% ETP common units as their consideration, subject to the same pro ration as all other shareholders. Overall, synergy opportunities are expected to exceed $70M annually from fuel, merchandising and improved “buying power” reflecting economies of scale. Our overall retail business strategy is expected to take place in several steps. The first step is for ETP to acquire SUSS and on closing, to migrate the SUSP GP/IDRs directly to ETP. Post-closing, it is ETP’s intention to drop down to SUSP, in a synchronized series of drop downs, all of the combined retail businesses. In addition to the drop downs, ETP expects the SUSP IDR cash flow it receives to continue to grow as SUSP cash flows grow through organic growth, acquisitions and expected synergies. ETP then anticipates that it would propose to Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) that ETP transfer to ETE the GP/IDRs of SUSP in exchange for ETP units currently held by ETE. Bob Owens, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunoco, Inc. will serve as the President and CEO of the combined businesses.
News For ETP;SUSS;SUSP;ETE From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
17:13 EDTSUSPSusser Petroleum 8M share Secondary priced at $46.25
Morgan Stanley, BofA/Merrill, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman, Jefferies, JPMorgan, RBC Capital, UBS and Wells Fargo acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
16:19 EDTETPEnergy Transfer Partners raises quarterly distribution to 9.75c per unit
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16:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity raises quarterly distribution to 41.5c per unit
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11:30 EDTETE, ETPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:23 EDTSUSPSusser Petroleum files to sell 8M common units
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October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTSUSPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:34 EDTETEEnergy Transfer recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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08:18 EDTSUSPSusser Petroleum upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Susser to Buy given growth and drop-down potential, and margin benefits from lower gasoline prices.
October 14, 2014
12:20 EDTETEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analysts’ consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
10:01 EDTETEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird
As reported previously, Baird upgraded Energy Transfer Equity to Outperform from Neutral and highlights it as a high quality flight to safety play against the falling price of crude. Price target remains $65.
07:51 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
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