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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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September 28, 2014
15:31 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan halts operations at Indonesian mine after accident, WSJ says
Freeport-McMoRan suspended copper mining operations in an eastern Indonesian province after an accident left four workers dead, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
September 25, 2014
10:06 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:17 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan assumed with a Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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07:39 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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September 24, 2014
09:59 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ameren (AEE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Autoliv (ALV) initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... BNY Mellon (BK) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Burlington Stores (BURL) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... CoreLogic (CLGX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FNFV (FNFV) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Fidelity National (FNF) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First American (FAF) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... IMS Health (IMS) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... National Oilwell (NOV) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Northern Trust (NTRS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Pacific Drilling (PACD) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Pioneer Energy (PES) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... State Street (STT) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Wafergen Biosystems (WGBS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
08:30 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Capital
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September 23, 2014
10:51 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan downgraded to Neutral from Strong Buy at Tigress Financial
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September 22, 2014
07:13 EDTFCXMorgan Stanley not a buyer of Freeport McMoRan and Teck Resources
Morgan Stanley said mining stocks fell on weakn China FAI and IP data and would not be a buyer of Freeport McMoRan (FCX) and Teck Resources (TCK) until there are indications of a demand rebound. Shares of Freeport McMoRan and Teck Resources are both Equal Weight rated.

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