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December 5, 2012
08:50 EDTFCX, MMR, PXPFreeport to buy Plains Exploration for $6.9B, McMoRan Exploration for $2.1B
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) announced definitive merger agreements under which FCX will acquire Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP) for approximately $6.9B in cash and stock and FCX will acquire McMoRan Exploration (MMR) for approximately $3.4B in cash, or $2.1B net of 36% of the MMR interests currently owned by FCX and PXP. Upon closing, MMR shareholders will also receive a distribution of units in a royalty trust which will hold a 5% overriding royalty interest on future production in MMR’s existing shallow water ultra-deep properties. The combined company is expected to be a premier U.S.-based natural resource company with an industry leading global portfolio of mineral assets, significant oil and gas resources and a growing production profile. FCX has agreed to acquire PXP for per-share consideration consisting of 0.6531 shares of FCX common stock and $25.00 in cash, equivalent to total consideration of $50.00 per PXP share, based on the closing price of FCX stock on December 4. This represents a premium of 39% to the PXP closing price on December 4, and 42% to its one-month average price at that date. PXP shareholders may elect to receive cash or stock consideration, subject to proration in the event of oversubscription, with the value of the cash and stock per-share consideration to be equalized at closing. Aggregate consideration to the PXP shareholders is expected to consist of approximately $3.4B in cash and approximately 91M shares of FCX common stock. FCX has agreed to acquire MMR for per-share consideration consisting of $14.75 in cash and 1.15 units of a royalty trust, which will hold a 5% overriding royalty interest in future production from MMR’s existing ultra-deep exploration properties. The cash consideration of $14.75 per share represents a premium of 74% to the MMR closing price on December 4, and 31% to its one-month average price at that date. The cash portion of the transaction totals $2.1B, excluding payment for MMR interests currently held by FCX and PXP. The cash premium, excluding interests held by FCX and PXP, totals approximately $900M. In pre-market trading after the deal was confirmed, after being reported by Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal, shares of Freeport are down about 14% to $32.90. Meanwhile, shares of Mcmoran Exploration are higher by over 74% to $14.75 and Plains Exploration is up 24% to $44.73.
News For FCX;PXP;MMR From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
18:52 EDTFCXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:45 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan statement on Carl Icahn filing
After the close of the market, Carl Icahn filed a 13D regarding the acquisition of interests in Freeport-McMoRan. "FCX maintains an open dialogue with our shareholders and welcomes constructive input toward our common goal of enhancing shareholder value. Earlier today, FCX announced revised capital and operating plans in response to the recent decline in commodity prices resulting in reduced capital expenditures, lower production levels and lower operating, administrative and exploration costs. Today's actions, along with the August 5 announcement of reduced oil and gas capital expenditures, are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans. The steps we are taking to reduce costs and capital expenditures will strengthen our financial position during a period of weak and uncertain markets and preserve our large resource base for improved future market conditions. Our high quality portfolio of long-lived assets, flexible operating structure and experienced management team provide a solid base to address the current market conditions while maintaining an attractive portfolio of assets positioned for long-term success."
16:28 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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16:15 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan up 16% after Icahn takes stake in company
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16:12 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan spikes higher on Icahn stake
The shares had already gained over 28% in the regular session, and are now up an additional 13.5% in the extended session on news Icahn has taken an 8.46% stake in the company. At the current price of $11.59, next resistance is at $12.17.
16:11 EDTFCXCarl Icahn reports 8.46% stake in Freeport McMoRan, may seek board seat
Carl Icahn acquired the position in Freeport McMoRan in the belief that the shares were undervalued. Icahn intends to have discussions with representatives of the company's management and board relating to the company's capital expenditures, executive compensation practices and capital structure as well as curtailment of the company's high-cost production operations. Icahn may also seek shareholder board representation and to discuss the size and composition of the board. As of August 26, Icahn has not had any discussions with representatives of the company's management or board.
16:08 EDTFCXCarl Icahn reports 8.46% stake in Freeport McMoRan
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12:41 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
10:33 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan surges after further cut to capital spending plans
Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) are surging in morning trading after the company announced plans to cut spending and production in response to current market conditions. It also plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. WHAT'S NEW: Freeport-McMoRan this morning reduced its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. The 2016 CapEx outlook includes $1.4B in mining projects, $600M in mining sustaining capital and $2B in oil and gas expenditures. The company said it will reduce copper sales by about 150M pounds per year in 2016 and 2017 and cut 2016 unit site production by 20%. Additionally, the company plans to reduce 2016 minerals exploration costs to $50M from $100M. Freeport also said it expects a 10% reduction in employees and contractors at U.S. mining operations. The company cited recent declines in copper prices for the reductions and said the actions announced today are the results of the previously announced review of operating plans for its mining business. Freeport said it views the long-term outlook for its business "positively," helped by limitations on copper supply. In the near-term, however, Freeport said it will continue to monitor market conditions and capital spending, but is currently "adjusting operations to maximize current cash flow under weak market conditions while preserving its large mineral resources and growth options for the longer term." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Since late 2014, Freeport has cut its 2015 capital expenditure budget to $6.3B from $7.5B, including reductions of $700M in oil and gas expenditures and $500M in mining expenditures. Earlier this month, Freeport cuts its oil and gas capital budgets for 2016 and 2017 by $900M each in response to market conditions and maintained its expectations for $2.8B in O&G CapEx for this year. In July, after reporting its second straight quarterly loss, Freeport said its cost reduction plans would include potential adjustments to mine plans and future copper and molybdenum production volumes to reduce costs and preserve valuable resources for anticipated improved market conditions in the future. Freeport previously commented that it would pursue additional capital cost reductions, potential additional divestitures or monetizations and other actions as required to maintain a strong balance sheet while preserving a strong resource position. PRICE ACTION: Freeport-McMoRan is up 16.5% to $9.22 in morning trading. Shares are down over 60% year to date. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other major integrated mining companies include Rio Tinto (RIO), BHP Billiton (BHP) and Vale S.A. (VALE).
09:49 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan jumps after update
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08:04 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees FY15 operating cash flow $3.1B
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08:04 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan: Revised plans to cut 2016, 2017 copper production by 150M lbs
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08:02 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan cuts FY15 CapEx budget to $6.3B from $7.5B
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08:01 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan reports further spending cuts in response to market conditions
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08:00 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan reports further spending cuts in response to market conditions
August 26, 2015
15:59 EDTFCXOptions Update; August 26, 2015
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10:44 EDTFCXStocks with call strike movement; FCX RIG
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August 18, 2015
09:29 EDTFCXMorgan Stanley lowers Metals & Mining sector price targets by 33%
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