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June 20, 2014
08:04 EDTHES, GE, CRARY, MTUEIF acquires Hess Corp's 50% stake in GE-powered Newark Energy Center
Energy Investors Funds, an energy-focused private equity firm, announced today that two EIF-managed funds have indirectly acquired an additional 50% ownership stake in the Newark Energy Center from Hess Corporation (HES) using a $590M loan from Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CRARY), GE unit (GE) GE Energy Financial Services and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MTU). EIF-NEC, LLC, an entity jointly owned by the two EIF-managed funds, will use the loan to support the acquisition, construction and operation of the 705-megawatt power plant, which is being built using GE’s advanced combined-cycle, natural gas-fired turbine technology. With this acquisition, EIF-NEC now holds 100% of the equity interests in the Newark Energy Center. The three lenders served as co-lead arrangers and joint-book runners. Financial details of the transactions were not disclosed. The Newark Energy Center sits on 23 acres of brownfield industrial land in New Jersey, an optimal location with nearby gas supply and electrical interconnection point. The project has been under construction for nearly two years and is expected to begin commercial operations in May 2015. It will sell its energy and capacity into the PJM capacity market. Power Plant Management Services is managing construction, with NAES Corporation providing operations and maintenance and Direct Energy undertaking additional energy management services.
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October 16, 2014
15:26 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:18 EDTGEEarnings Preview: Analyst sentiment positive ahead of GE's Q3 report
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06:44 EDTGEWatchdog sees new suitor as best option for Bank BPH, Reuters says
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October 15, 2014
12:30 EDTGEGE exploring options for Bank BHP sale
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10:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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09:03 EDTGEGE unit arranges $200M senior debt facility
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07:44 EDTHESHess volatility at five-year highs as oil trends below $81
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October 14, 2014
09:46 EDTGEGE signs contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment in Iraq
GE has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a new power plant in Sulaimaniyah to support the government’s goal of strengthening the electricity infrastructure in the Kurdistan region. Through its regional partnerships, GE’s turbines support more than 90% of the electricity generated in the Kurdistan region, supplying nearly 20 hours of electricity a day. The Erbil, Sulaiymaniyah and Dohuk plants, powered by 24 GE 9E gas turbines, produce more than 3,000 MW, the equivalent to the required annual energy needs of approximately 3 million households in Iraq. The Bazyan plant will help deliver power to an additional 750,000 households.
October 13, 2014
09:02 EDTGEGE receives order from BAE Systems for 3U VPX rugged systems
GE’s Intelligent Platforms business (GE) announced at AUSA that it had received a $2.6M order from BAE Systems Platforms and Services (BAESY) for a quantity of its latest generation 3U VPX COTS Rugged Systems that deliver an advanced HPEC capability. The COTS Rugged Systems will be deployed as part of the US Army’s CETU which sees in-vehicle training and simulation incorporated into the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
09:01 EDTGEGE Capital Aviation to acquire Milestone Aviation for $1.775B
GE Capital Aviation Services, the aircraft leasing unit of GE, announced the signing of an agreement to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, the Dublin-based helicopter lessor, for $1.775B. The acquisition is in line with GE Capital’s strategic plan of growing and enhancing value in core areas aligned with GE’s industrial domains including energy, aviation, oil & gas and healthcare, while reducing the overall size of GE Capital through the disposition of non-strategic assets such as the recently executed IPO and planned split-off of our North American Retail Finance business and the sale of our consumer banks in the Nordics. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, and is targeted to close in 2015. Richard T. Santulli, chairman and CEO, Milestone Aviation Group, will serve as chairman of the helicopter leasing business and will become an officer of GE.
October 12, 2014
17:41 EDTGEGeneral Electric could return 25%, Barron's says
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17:20 EDTGEGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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October 10, 2014
18:05 EDTGEGeneral Electric negotiating deal to buy Milestone Aviation, WSJ reports
General Electric's finance unit is negotiating a deal to acquire Milestone Aviation Group, and the purchase price could be more than $2.5B, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
10:05 EDTHESHess calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Hess October 84 and 85 calls area active on total call volume of 2,700 contracts (300 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. October call option implied volatility is at 37, November is at 32, December is at 30, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
09:55 EDTHESRumor: Hess Corp. moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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07:25 EDTGEGE CEO to continue shedding divisions in FY15, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTGEGE expects data division to exceed $1B in sales this year, Reuters says
GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that the company was en route to gross over $1B in sales from its industrial data-analysis division in FY14, and is looking to broaden the availability of its software platform in FY15, according to Reuters, citing comments from Immelt. Reference Link
October 9, 2014
09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
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