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May 23, 2014
09:03 EDTSO, EE, FSLRFirst Solar sells Macho Spring solar project
First Solar (FSLR) announced that it has sold the 50 megawatt AC Macho Springs Solar Power Plant to Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. El Paso Electric (EE) has a 20-year power purchase agreement for all energy generated by the power plant. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. This project will displace more than 40K metric tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 7,500 cars off the road, and will displace more than 340K metric tons of water consumption annually in southern New Mexico and west Texas.
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August 26, 2015
08:24 EDTSOGlobal Power update represents loss of $70M in revenue, says William Blair
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08:21 EDTSOGlobal Power Equipment announces termination of contract with Southern Company
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August 25, 2015
11:41 EDTFSLRSolarCity rises again after Chairman Musk buys shares
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August 24, 2015
16:46 EDTFSLRPresident Obama announces new renewable energy commitments
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16:23 EDTSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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12:17 EDTSOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:50 EDTSOSouthern Company to host a news conference on AGL Resources acquisition
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11:09 EDTFSLRGoldman says SolarCity attractive after sharp pullback
SolarCity (SCTY) shares are climbing in the down market after Goldman Sachs contended in a note to investors today that the stock is attractive following its recent sharp retreat, The company probably won't be affected by issues that are causing investors to worry about the solar sector, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that SolarCity's stock had tumbled 27% in the last month before today's open, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee wrote that the shares are being dragged down by worries about financing and cost of capital that are affecting the entire solar sector. However, he contended that these issues are having only a "limited" impact on SolarCity. On August 13, the company successfully sold asset-backed securities and it said that more such sales are likely to occur in the near-term, Lee noted. Meanwhile, SolarCity isn't being affected by the cost of capital increases that other solar companies are experiencing, the analyst reported. Before today's open, the stock was near a two year low, even though SolarCity's fundamentals are still "strong," Lee believes. Additionally, the largest U.S. solar trade show, which is expected to begin on September 14, could boost solar stocks, as it has historically been a catalyst for the sector, the analyst stated. SolarCity may provide guidance about the outlook for its Silevo solar panel manufacturing subsidiary in the second half of 2015, and the guidance could boost the stock, Lee believes. The risk/reward ratio of SolarCity's stock is positive, according to the analyst, who has a Conviction List Buy and $85 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SolarCity advanced 5.3% to $43.18.
10:56 EDTSOSouthern Company says AGL shares were undervalued by markets
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10:22 EDTSOSouthern Company sees selling $3B of stock to fund AGL Resources deal
Says AGL (GAS) acquisition better positions Southern Company (SO) to succeed in future with increasing gas prices. Says now is the right time for this transaction. Expects natural gas use in the U.S. will increase. Sees natural gas use to rise as much as 2.2 BCF per day by 2020. AGL Resources planning $5B in capital spending over the next five years. Southern Co. sees equity sales beginning later this year. Comments taken from companies' conference call discussing the transaction. In morning trading, Southern Company shares were down 2.88% to $44.48 and AGL Resources shares were up 27.14% to $60.85.
09:18 EDTSOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:46 EDTSOSouthern Company & AGL Resources to host joint conference call
Conference call to discuss merger agreement will be held on August 24 at 10 am. Webcast Link
07:41 EDTSOSouthern Company sees AGL Resources deal accretive to ongoing EPS in first year
Southern Company (SO) says expects to issue debt and equity as a result of the transaction to acquire AGL Resources (GAS), with equity issuances through 2019. Says deal will be accretive to ongoing EPS in first full year, with expected long-term EPS growth of 4%-5%. Sees opportunity to raise dividend growth rate, subject to board approval. Together, the companies will have over 1,500 bcf per year of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume and approximately 9M regulated utility customers in nine states. Comments from slides that will be presented on the companies' conference call discussing the transaction.
07:33 EDTSOSouthern Company to acquire AGL Resources in $12B transaction=
Southern Company (SO) and AGL Resources (GAS) announced that the boards of directors of both companies have approved a definitive merger agreement to create America's leading U.S. electric and gas utility company. Pursuant to the agreement, AGL Resources will become a new wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company in a transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $12B, including a total equity value of approximately $8B. For Southern Company, this transaction is anticipated to be accretive to earnings per share in the first full year following the close of the transaction, accelerate expected long-term EPS growth to 4%-5%, preserve its strong financial profile and further support investment in the company's diversified energy platform, and enhance the ability to increase the growth rate of its dividend, subject to board of directors' approval. Under the terms of the agreement, AGL Resources' shareholders will be entitled to receive $66 in cash for each share of AGL Resources common stock. This represents a premium of 36.3% to the volume-weighted average stock price of AGL Resources over the last 20 trading days ended Aug. 21, 2015. After closing, AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own management team and board of directors, and, as is the case with Southern Company's other operating subsidiaries, AGL Resources will continue to maintain its own corporate headquarters, which for AGL Resources is in Atlanta. Customers will continue to be served by their current gas and electric utility companies. Until the transaction has received all necessary approvals and has closed, the companies will continue to operate as separate entities. Completion of the transaction is conditioned upon, among other things, the approval of the AGL Resources shareholders and certain state utility and other regulatory commissions. The transaction is also subject to the notification and clearance and reporting requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The companies expect to complete the transaction in the second half of 2016.
07:31 EDTSOSouthern Company to acquire AGL Resources in $12B transaction
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August 21, 2015
06:56 EDTFSLRSolar companies spending $1B in Texas projects, WSJ says
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August 19, 2015
16:14 EDTSOGeorgia Power reaches 'milestone' in Vogtle nuclear expansion
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13:11 EDTFSLRCanadian Solar plummets after Q3 guidance, YieldCo comments
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August 18, 2015
14:18 EDTSOGeorgia Power announces PSC approval of $169M in capital, construction costs
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11:03 EDTFSLRSunEdison raises capital while Trina Solar tops expectations
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