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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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July 29, 2015
11:18 EDTFCXStocks with call strike movement; FCX RIG
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) January 14 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 55, Transocean (RIG) January 18 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 52 according to IVolatility.
July 28, 2015
10:54 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan announces cost reduction plans in mining, oil and gas business
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10:43 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan rises, levels to watch
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10:38 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:42 EDTFCXActive equity options trading on open
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08:36 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan recent selloff overdone, says Morgan Stanley
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08:11 EDTFCXIndonesia grants export permit extension to Freeport, Reuters reports
Indonesia will allow Freeport-McMoRan to export up to 775,000 tonnes of copper over the next six months and may also lower Freeport's export tax to 5%-7.5%, reported Reuters yesterday. The government and the company continue to negotiate terms of a contract or license that could extend to 2041, the report added. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
10:56 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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July 24, 2015
10:37 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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July 23, 2015
11:57 EDTFCXOptions with increasing put volume
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10:39 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees 2016 CapEx approximately $5.6B
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10:27 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees FY16 sales of copper 5.4B pounds, sales of gold 1.9M oz
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10:12 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan says improving operating trends at Grasberg
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10:10 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan says company highly leveraged to copper prices
Slowdown of economy in China has had an impact. Doesn't see a hard landing for China economy. Comments made on Q2 earnings call.
08:07 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan files registration statement for possible IPO of O&G stake
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08:05 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees consolidated sales of 1B pounds of copper in Q3
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08:04 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan sees consolidated sales of 4.2B pounds of copper in FY15
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08:02 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan reports Q2 adjusted EPS 14c, consensus 7c
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July 22, 2015
13:47 EDTFCXEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley positive on Freeport-McMoRan ahead of Q2 results
Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Thursday, July 23, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Freeport-McMoRan is a natural resource company with an industry portfolio of mineral assets, oil and natural gas resources, and a production profile. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 7c on revenue of $4.28B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is (15c)-17c on revenue of $3.68B-$5.11B. LAST QUARTER: Freeport-McMoRan reported first quarter adjusted EPS of (6c) against estimates for (7c), on revenue of $4.15B against estimates for $4.06B. Consolidated sales for Q1 totaled 960M pounds of copper, 263K ounces of gold, 23M pounds of molybdenum and 12.5M barrels of oil equivalents, compared with 871M pounds of copper, 187K ounces of gold, 27M pounds of molybdenum and 16.1 MMBOE in Q1 of last year. Consolidated sales for 2015 are expected to approximate 4.2B pounds of copper, 1.3M ounces of gold, 95M pounds of molybdenum and 52.3 MMBOE. The company forecast FY16 sales of copper at 5.4B pounds and sales of gold at 1.9M oz. It sees FY17 sales of copper at 5B pounds and sales of gold at 2.4M oz. Capital expenditures are expected to approximate $6.5B for 2015, including $2.5B for major projects at mining operations and $2.8B for oil and gas operations. Freeport-McMoRan said it has taken actions to reduce or defer capital expenditures and other costs and is evaluating funding alternatives to advance growth projects in its oil and gas business, including consideration of a sale of public equity for a minority interest in its oil and gas subsidiary. On its Q1 conference call, management said they were optimistic for mid-term and long-term prospects for business. STREET RESEARCH: Sentiment on the Street leading up to Freeport’s Q2 report has been positive. On April 28, Morgan Stanley upgraded Freeport-McMoRan to Overweight from Equal Weight with a $29 price target. The firm had reduced concerns about financing due to ramping volumes and cost declines. Morgan Stanley believed Freeport-McMoRan's copper growth projects were near an inflection point and production increases would drive a 28% volume increase at a lower cost and reduced capex. On June 9, Morgan Stanley said Freeport-McMoRan’s valuation was attractive. The firm believed Freeport's Q1 was a multi-year trough for earnings and free cash flow. Morgan Stanley saw minimal execution risk at three key projects and expected costs to decline 22% in 2016. Morgan Stanley viewed Freeport's valuation as attractive and reiterated its Overweight rating and $29 price target. PRICE ACTION: Freeport’s shares are down about 25% since the company's Q1 report and have plummeted more than 60% over the past twelve months. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q2 report, Freeport’s shares are down about 4.7%.

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