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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.
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January 27, 2015
09:17 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Silicon Image (SIMG), up 23% after signing agreement to be acquired by Lattice Semiconductor (LSCC)... USA Technologies (USAT), up 5% following nationwide roll-out of new Apple Pay points... TE Connectivity (TEL), up 3.9% following a Wall Street Journal report that the company is close to a deal with Commscope (COMM)... Select Comfort (SCSS), up 1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Microsoft (MSFT), down 8.2%... Caterpillar (CAT), down 7.8%... Packaging Corp (PKG), down 8.3%... Peabody Energy (BTU), down 5.3%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), down 5.7%... Polaris Industries (PII), down 2.1%... United Technologies (UTX), down 2.3%... Procter & Gamble (PG), down 2.6%.
08:13 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan says taking steps to reduce capital, costs entering 2015
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08:07 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees Q1 copper sales 950M lb., gold sales 225K oz.
For Q1, Freeport sees consolidated sales of 950M pounds of copper, 225K ounces of gold, 23M pounds of molybdenum and 13.1 MMBOE.
08:06 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees FY15 copper sales 4.3B lb., gold sales 1.3M oz.
Freeport McMoRan said consolidated sales for the year 2015 are expected to approximate 4.3B pounds of copper, 1.3M ounces of gold, 95M pounds of molybdenum and 55.5 million barrels of oil equivalents. Capital expenditures are expected to approximate $6.0B for the year 2015, including $2.5B for major projects at mining operations and $2.3B for oil and gas operations, reflecting a 34% decrease in oil and gas expenditures.
08:04 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan reports Q4 adjusted EPS 25c, consensus 35c
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January 26, 2015
15:40 EDTFCXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:10 EDTFCXEarnings Preview: Freeport McMoRan sees Q4 oil/gas sales volumes 125 MBOE/day
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January 22, 2015
10:55 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan to invest $17B in Indonesian expansion, Bloomberg says
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January 20, 2015
10:45 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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January 16, 2015
10:27 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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January 15, 2015
10:54 EDTFCXFreeport said to agree to $137.5M settlement, special dividend, Reuters says
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10:29 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:13 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan one of best values in coverage, says Macquarie
Macquarie believes the sell-off in Freeport McMoRan is an over-reaction to commodity price weakness and represents one of the best values in the sector. The firm lowered its price target to $33 fro $45 to reflect new copper and oil price forecasts and reiterates its Outperform rating.
05:47 EDTFCXStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY FCX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; BlackBerry (BBRY) 68, Freeport McMoRan (FCX) 57 according to iVolatility.
05:32 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Target $28.
January 14, 2015
12:49 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:39 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:18 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan falls sharply to new 52-week lows on weak copper
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06:21 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan volatility elevated as copper pulls back
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