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December 5, 2012
08:50 EDTFCX, PXP, MMRFreeport 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.
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October 20, 2014
06:20 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded Freeport McMoRan to Neutral citing the recent pullback in shares. Citi keeps a $31 price target for the stock.
October 13, 2014
13:11 EDTFCXFreeport receives approval to resume open-pit mining in Indonesia, Reuters says
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October 8, 2014
18:20 EDTFCXFreeport California assets may receive bid from McClendon, Bloomberg reports
Aubrey McClendon is mulling a purchase of Freeport McMoRan's assets in California for up to $5B, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. McClendon's American Energy Partners has been looking to raise capital to fund the potential deal, and the company would turn Freeport's assets into a newly created operating unit, the people added. Freeport McMoRan is speaking with other potential suitors, and the dead is not finalized, according to the people. Reference Link
12:52 EDTFCXFreeport faces mounting pressure to improve safety at copper mine, Reuters says
Workers at Freeport McMoRan's Indonesia copper mine are looking for face-to-face talks with local management and may commence a mine blockade or strike action following a fatal accident at the mine, Reuters reports, citing union official Albar Sabang. If workers safety concerns and other demands are ignored by management, fresh protests and strikes may occur which can hinder copper exports for Freeport, Sabang added. Reference Link

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