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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 1, 2014
12:18 EDTCHKChesapeake says capital efficiency is main driver for company looking forward
The company said it is focusing on financial discipline, adding thing it is time to grow without increasing its capital base. Chesapeake said it will continue to look aggressively at growing its position, but it can grow production and reserve position just by focusing on what they own today. Chesapeake said it is pleased with the progress it has made, but is nowhere it wants to be. Targets 2014 production growth of 9%-12%. Says capital efficiencies is coming in everything they do, including cycle times. Says liquidity remains strong, approach $4B. The company said its 2014 CapEx is $5.8B compared to $15B in 2012. Continues to anticipate year-end 2014 exit rate will exceed 730,000 boe per day. Comments taken from Deutsche Bank Annual Leveraged Finance Conference.
07:20 EDTCHKDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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September 30, 2014
10:35 EDTBHPBHP and South Africa’s Transnet in $2.1B coal-haulage deal, Bloomberg says
South Africa’s ports and rail operator Transnet SOC signed a 10 year, $2.1B coal-haulage deal with miner BHP Billiton, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
08:12 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports employee fatally injured at Worsley Alumina refinery
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06:21 EDTBHPBHP sends Phil Montgomery to Jansen potash project, WSJ reports
BHP Billiton has sent Phil Montgomery, its head of group project management, to run the massive Jansen potash development in Canada, the Wall Street Journal reports. BHP has committed $3.8B to the project, but it has no fixed completion date, and last year work was halted for months due to technical issues. Reference Link
September 29, 2014
07:20 EDTEXHJohnson Rice to hold a conference
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September 25, 2014
13:03 EDTBHPBHP Billiton discussing possible resolution of 2009 anti-corruption case
In its annual report, BHP Billiton said that it was currently discussing a possible resolution to its 2009 anti-corruption case. The company said, "As previously disclosed, BHP Billiton received requests for information in August 2009 from the SEC. Following that request, the group commenced an internal investigation and disclosed to relevant authorities evidence that it has uncovered regarding possible violations of applicable anti-corruption laws involving interactions with government officials. The issues relate primarily to matters in connection with previously terminated exploration and development efforts, as well as hospitality provided as part of the company’s sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Group is currently discussing a potential resolution of the matter."
10:06 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to freeze pay for CEO, non-executive directors
Following the Remuneration Committee’s annual review the CEO Andrew Mackenzie’s base salary and target remuneration for this year will remain unchanged. Last year, the Remuneration Committee believed that Mackenzie's remuneration should be rebased down and as a result, the CEO’s package was reduced by approximately 25%. Non-executive Director fees will also remain unchanged. In its annual report, the company believes these outcomes align remuneration with shareholder interests and the prevailing business environment.
07:32 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
September 24, 2014
13:45 EDTBHPBHP Billiton mulls secondary listing in London for spin-off company, WSJ says
BHP Bilton is mulling a secondary listing in London for its new spin-off company that contains noncore mining assets, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing a shareholder letter. The move comes following increased shareholder pressure regarding the company's original plan to spin off the company only in Australia and South Africa. Analysts estimate the new company could be worth approximately $17B, The Wall Street Journal added. Reference Link
September 23, 2014
06:07 EDTBHPBHP Billiton shedding 700 mining jobs in Queensland, Guardian reports
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September 20, 2014
20:43 EDTCHKChesapeake, Weatherford seem attractive, Barron's says
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September 17, 2014
10:00 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:26 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
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