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July 14, 2014
07:04 EDTEXLP, EXH, CHK, BHPExterran Partners to acquire natural gas compression assets from MidCon
Exterran Partners, L.P. (EXLP) and Exterran Holdings, Inc. (EXH) announced that Exterran Partners has entered into an agreement to acquire natural gas compression assets from MidCon Compression, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK), for approximately $135M. The assets to be acquired include 162 compression units, with a total horsepower of approximately 110,000. The majority of the units currently are being used to provide compression services to BHP Billiton Petroleum (BHP) in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale. In connection with the acquisition, the contract operations services agreement with BHP Billiton Petroleum will be assigned to Exterran Partners effective as of the closing. “We expect the transaction to be immediately accretive to distributable cash flow per limited partner unit,” said David Miller, Senior Vice President and CFO of Exterran Partners’ managing general partner. “As a result of this acquisition, we expect to recommend to the Board of Exterran Partners’ managing general partner that Exterran Partners increase the distribution to limited partner unit holders by an incremental $0.02 per limited partner unit on an annualized basis, or an incremental $0.005 per limited partner unit on a quarterly basis, beginning in the quarter that the transaction closes.” Exterran Partners and Exterran Holdings do not expect that the Omnibus Agreement between Exterran Partners and Exterran Holdings will be amended to adjust the caps on operating costs or selling, general and administrative costs as a result of this transaction. The acquisition, which is expected to be financed using credit available under Exterran Partners’ revolving credit facility, is subject to closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter 2014.
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October 16, 2014
16:30 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:29 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the country’s largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the market’s recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
12:05 EDTCHKChesapeake rises, Southwestern Energy slips after shale asset deal
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09:23 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:23 EDTBHPHart Energy to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTCHKSouthwestern Energy acquires Marcellus and Utica assets from Chesapeake
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake announces sale of shale assets for $5.375B
Chesapeake (CHK) announced that it has executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement to sell assets in the Southern Marcellus Shale and a portion of the Eastern Utica Shale in West Virginia to Southwestern Energy Company (SWN) for aggregate proceeds of $5.375B. The transaction, which is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including the receipt of third-party consents, is expected to close in Q4. Chesapeake has agreed to sell approximately 413K net acres and approximately 1,500 wells in Northern West Virginia and Southern Pennsylvania, of which 435 are in the Marcellus and Utica formations, along with related property, plant and equipment. Average net daily production from these properties was approximately 56K barrels of oil equivalent during the month of September, consisting of 184K Mcf of gas, 20K barrels of natural gas liquids and 5,000 barrels of condensate. The company said, "We expect our full-year production guidance for 2015 to remain in the range of 7-10% growth from 2014 levels adjusted for asset sales. I am very proud of the efforts that our Southern Marcellus team and all of our employees have put into building and developing our assets and creating value for our company. We look forward to deploying the proceeds from this significant transaction in ways that will continue to drive even greater shareholder value.”
06:53 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to pursue U.K. listing for new company to be created via demerger
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October 15, 2014
07:01 EDTEXHExterran initiated with a Hold at ISI Group
Target $41.
October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTBHPOn 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.
07:46 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
October 9, 2014
14:01 EDTBHPFormer Xstrata CEO offered to buy assets from BHP Billiton, FT reports
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October 6, 2014
12:54 EDTBHPMining stocks rise after report of potential Rio Tinto, Glencore merger planning
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