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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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March 25, 2015
11:33 EDTFCXStocks with call strike movement; WLL FCX
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March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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09:22 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:14 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan down 2% in pre-market trading after company cuts dividend
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08:06 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan reduces quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 31.25c
Freeport-McMoRan announced that it has declared a cash dividend of 5c per share payable on May 1 to holders of record as of April 15 for its common stock. FCX’s board reduced the quarterly dividend from the previous rate of 31.25c per share in response to the impact of lower commodity prices. The board anticipates increasing cash returns to shareholders as market and business conditions warrant. “The reduction in the dividend is a prudent measure to strengthen our balance sheet during a period of volatile market conditions. As previously announced, our plans include significant reductions in capital spending and other costs and we are evaluating funding opportunities for capital expenditures in our oil and gas business. Additional capital cost reductions, potential additional divestitures or monetizations and other actions will be pursued as required," said the company.
08:04 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan cuts dividend to 5c per share from 31.25c
March 23, 2015
10:03 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan rallies, levels to watch
After nearing its 52-week low last week, shares have bounced and are now heading up to test overhead resistance. The first major obstacle is at the 50-day moving average, last at $19.54. Shares are currently at $19.13. A breakout above the 50-day would be bullish, with the potential to turn the long-running bearish trend in the stock to bullish. Support is at $18.52.
March 22, 2015
15:23 EDTFCXFreeport operations at Grasberg resume as blockade ends, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan has reopened an access road at its Grasberg mine in Indonesia that was blocked by a demonstration last week and says normal operations were being resumed at the mine, says Reuters. Reference Link
March 20, 2015
10:43 EDTFCXStocks with call strike movement; CHK FCX
Chesapeake (CHK) July 16 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 50, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) August 20 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 47 according to IVolatility.
March 19, 2015
06:59 EDTFCXProduction at Freeport McMoRan mine in Indonesia halted, Reuters reports
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March 18, 2015
11:03 EDTFCXStocks with call strike movement; NE FCX
Noble Corp. (NE) June 16 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 54, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) August 21 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 49 according to IVolatility.
07:27 EDTFCXFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
March 17, 2015
13:40 EDTFCXAmended settlement agreement announced between Credit Suisse, Freeport
On March 16, an Addendum to the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release was entered into with respect to the consolidated stockholder derivative litigation captioned In Re: Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 8145-VCN. The Addendum modifies the terms of the settlement in order to resolve potential derivative claims against Credit Suisse Securities (CS) in connection with its engagement to act as lead financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Board of Directors of Freeport-McMoRan with respect to the company’s 2013 acquisitions of Plains Exploration & Production Company and McMoRan Exploration Co., which potential claims were previously excluded from the settlement as set forth in the Stipulation and Agreement of Settlement, Compromise and Release filed on January 15. As set forth in the Addendum, the original settlement consideration will be increased by $16.25M, consisting of a $10M cash payment to the company by Credit Suisse, and a credit of $6.25M to be redeemable by the company in connection with future assignments Credit Suisse performs. The Supplemental Cash Amount, together with the original settlement amount, less plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and expenses as awarded by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, will be distributed to the company’s stockholders as a special dividend. The settlement is subject to specified conditions, including final approval by the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The settling defendants and Credit Suisse vigorously deny all allegations of wrongdoing or fault but entered into the settlement to avoid the costs and distraction of continued litigation.
March 16, 2015
17:07 EDTFCXCredit Suisse to pay Freeport McMoRan $10M to settle allegations, WSJ says
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