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June 12, 2014
06:34 EDTGS, BX, CG, KKRGoldman Sachs to pay $67M to settle LBO collusion suit, Reuters reports
Goldman Sachs (GS) will pay $67M to settle its portion of a lawsuit accusing private equity firms of colluding not to outbid each other in leveraged buyouts from 2003 to 2007, Reuters reports. As part of the settlement, Bain Capital will pay $54M. Remaining defendants include Carlyle (CG), Blackstone (BX), KKR (KKR), TPG Capital and Silver Lake Partners. Reference Link
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October 13, 2014
07:15 EDTGSNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTGSRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTGSBlackRock, Morgan Stanley to buy shares in Link Net, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTGSBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
October 10, 2014
08:28 EDTBXBlackstone to spin off financial advisory business
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08:26 EDTBXBlackstone to spin off financial advisory business
08:09 EDTBXBlackstone plans to spin off advisory business, Bloomberg reports
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October 9, 2014
08:21 EDTGSGoldman, Credit Suisse invest in digital surveillance start-up, Bloomberg says
A group of banks, led by Goldman Sachs (GS) and Credit Suisse (CS), invested $24M in Digital Reasoning, a data analytics start-up whose CEO, Tim Estes, said the banks want a way to surveil millions of e-mails, instant messages, and transcripts of calls to spot suspicious behavior "when it happens, not in an investigation three years later. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
08:34 EDTBXWindy Cove Energy receives up to $700M from Blackstone for U.S. oil assets
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07:13 EDTGSBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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07:08 EDTKKRKKR coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:56 EDTGSBarclays lists several Large-Cap banks with the most Q3 upside
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06:35 EDTGSGoldman Sachs' outlook questioned, NY Times says
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October 7, 2014
18:11 EDTBXBlackstone to curb accelerated fee practice, WSJ says
According to a written exchange between the company and one of its fund investors, Blackstone Group will no longer retain additional consulting fees when selling or taking companies that it owns public, The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
13:59 EDTKKRKKR invests in Lemonade Restaurant Group, terms not disclosed
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10:08 EDTKKRSodaStream sinks after Q3 profit warning
Shares of SodaStream International (SODA) are sinking this morning after the company warned that revenue for the third quarter of 2014 will come in well below Wall Street estimates. SodaStream develops, manufactures and markets home beverage carbonation systems and related products. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SodaStream reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $125M, significantly missing analysts' consensus estimate of about $154M. The company said it expects operating income of about $8.5M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Daniel Birnbaum cited an underperformance in the U.S. market as the primary driver of the quarterly shortfall, and said the results are an indication that the company must alter its course and improve its execution. Birnbaum said in a statement that the company is "very disappointed" by its recent performance, noting that it has "not succeeded in attracting new consumers to our home carbonation system at the rate we believe should be achieved." Birnbaum said the company has started a strategic shift towards health and wellness, mostly in the U.S., where he believes the message "will resonate more strongly" with customers. In addition, SodaStream is developing a growth plan, and more details are expected when Q3 results are reported later this month. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The carbonated beverage machine company has been the subject of buyout rumors for months. In July, Bloomberg reported that the company was in talks to go private for around $40 per share. In September, Israel's TheMarker said SodaStream was in talks to sell itself to a British investment fund for $840M, or $40 per share. SodaStream has also been rumored as an acquisition target for beverage makers SABMiller (SBMRY) and Diageo (DEO) or private equity group KKR (KKR), The Independent reported last month. In July, SodaStream cut its fiscal year 2014 revenue growth view to 5% from 15% and cut its FY14 net income expectations to a 5% decrease from a 3% increase. At that time, the company said it believed sales trends for sodamakers would remain challenging in the U.S. in the second half of the year. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream shares dropped $5.72, or 21%, to $21.85.
09:17 EDTGSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTGSWells Fargo ups price target ranges for capital markets banks
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07:09 EDTCGAlternative asset managers shares attractive, says JPMorgan
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06:51 EDTGSJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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