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June 9, 2014
07:37 EDTAPO, HKHalcon Resources signs agreement with affiliates of Apollo Global
Halcón (HK) announced the signing of a definitive agreement with credit funds and accounts managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO), which will invest up to $400M in the company's wholly owned subsidiary, HK TMS. Upon closing, HK TMS will hold all of Halcón's acreage in Mississippi and Louisiana that is prospective for the TMS formation. The Company holds 100% of the common shares of HK TMS and is the sole manager of HK TMS. Apollo will contribute $150M in cash consideration for 150,000 of HK TMS preferred shares, and under certain circumstances, may acquire up to an additional 250,000 preferred shares of HK TMS on the same terms. Holders of the HK TMS preferred shares will receive quarterly cash dividends of 8% per annum. In conjunction with the issuance of the preferred shares, HK TMS agreed to assign a 4.0% overriding royalty interest, subject to reduction to 2.0% under certain circumstances, in 75 net wells to be drilled and completed on its TMS acreage. The number of wells subject to the ORRI will increase to the extent that Apollo subscribes for additional preferred shares, with a maximum of 200 net wells subject to such ORRI if Apollo subscribes for the full additional 250,000 preferred shares.
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February 8, 2016
12:05 EDTAPOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and proceeded to move lower throughout the session, amid a renewed selloff in oil prices and fears that bankruptcies related to the prolonged slump will begin to pick up pace. The move lower is not restricted to the energy sector and has been broad-based, as each of the major equity indexes was lower by about 2% or more. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the labor market conditions index came in at 0.4 for January, below expectations for a reading of 2.0. In Asia, markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea were all closed for the New Year holiday. Data was still released in China that showed the country's foreign currency reserves fell to their lowest level since May 2012, dropping about $99B in January, though that was better than analysts forecast and ahead of some recent whispers. COMPANY NEWS: Chesapeake Energy (CHK) tumbled over 50%, dropping as low as $1.50 per share, after media reports indicated that the natural gas producer has hired restructuring lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis. Subsequently, the stock was halted pending news and the company confirmed that Kirkland & Ellis continues to advise the company as it seeks to further strengthen its balance sheet. However, Chesapeake noted that it currently has "no plans to pursue bankruptcy," and its shares recovered some of their earlier losses upon being reopened for trading. The stock was down a bit over 25% near noon... Meanwhile, another player in the oil space with ties to Chesapeake, Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), declined 30% after the company disclosed, via a regulatory filing after Friday's close, that it was making a change to the Chief Financial Officer of its general partner. According to the company, the departure of CFO Jamie Welch from the post was not caused by any disagreements between him and the MLP over accounting issues or financial matters. Williams Company (WMB), with has agreed to merge with Energy Transfer, also slid 25%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Apollo Education (APOL), which rallied 25% after it agreed to be acquired by a group led by private equity company Apollo Global (APO) for $9.50 per share. Also higher was GoPro (GPRO), which gained 9% after Microsoft (MSFT) announced a new collaborative patent licensing agreement with the beaten down action camera maker. Among the noteworthy losers was Sarepta (SRPT), which fell 12% after the FDA delayed a decision on the company's Duchenne muscular dystrophy treatment eteplirsen. Also lower was BioCryst (BCRX), which plunged 67% after a clinical trial of its hereditary angioedema drug failed to meet its primary endpoint. In addition, DexCom (DXCM) was 17% lower after it was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 317.14, or 1.96%, to 15,887.83, the Nasdaq was down 101.02, or 2.32%, to 4,262.12, and the S&P 500 was down 36.43, or 1.94%, to 1,843.62.
09:49 EDTHKHalcon says reviewing balance sheet options, won't comment on inaccurate reports
Halcon Resources provided an update on its balance sheet initiatives. As previously indicated, Halcon continues to "proactively explore multiple options to strengthen its balance sheet," the company said. Halcon stated: "The Company has significant liquidity, a valuable hedge book, quality assets, and a vested management team that is working hard on behalf of the Company and all of its stakeholders. Halcon has no formal plan or strategy in place at this time but continues to review options with respect to further restructuring its balance sheet. The Company does not intend to comment on inaccurate media reports related to such efforts or the professionals it may engage to assist the Company in its evaluation and does not intend to make any further announcements concerning its review of alternatives unless and until it determines that additional disclosures are necessary or appropriate."
09:47 EDTHKHalcon Resources says will not comment on 'inaccurate media reports'
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09:46 EDTHKHalcon Resources says reviewing options to further restructure balance sheet
09:35 EDTHKHalcon Resources trading halted, news pending
07:03 EDTAPOApollo Global consortium to acquire Apollo Education for $9.50 per share
Apollo Education Group (APOL) announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a consortium of investors including The Vistria Group, funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management (APO), and Najafi Companies for $9.50 per share in cash for both Class A and B shares. The purchase price represents a premium of 30% over Apollo Education Group's 30-day volume weighted average stock price for the period ended Feb. 5, and a 44% premium over the closing price on Jan. 8, immediately prior to the announcement that the Board of Directors was pursuing strategic alternatives. Tony Miller, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of The Vistria Group and former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will become Chairman of the Apollo Education Group Board upon transaction close. Upon completion of the transaction, Apollo Education Group will be privately held and its affiliated institutions will remain subject to the same U.S. and international regulations and accreditation standards. The agreement was approved by Apollo Education Group's Board of Directors. The acquisition is expected to be completed by Apollo Education Group's fiscal year-end, in August 2016. Apollo Education Group and Apollo Global Management are unaffiliated entities.
07:00 EDTAPOApollo Education to be aquired by group led by Apollo Global for $9.50 per share
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February 5, 2016
06:53 EDTAPOBlackstone, Onex advance in Philips Lighting auction, Bloomberg reports
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February 4, 2016
07:41 EDTAPOApollo Global price target lowered to $14 from $23 at UBS
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February 3, 2016
07:11 EDTAPOApollo Global reports Q4 ENI 8c, consensus 26c
Reports total Assets Under Management of $170.1B and fee-generating AUM of $138.1B.
07:03 EDTAPOApollo Global adopts plan to repurchase $250M of shares
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February 2, 2016
14:32 EDTAPONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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January 29, 2016
08:49 EDTAPOApollo Education investor pushes board to reconsider sale, Bloomberg says
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January 28, 2016
10:05 EDTHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Azure Midstream Partners (AZUR) downgraded at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CorEnergy (CORR) downgraded at Stifel... DCP Midstream (DPM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... DynCorp (DCP) downgraded at Stifel... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded on challenging outlook at BMO Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Invitae (NVTA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Kirby (KEX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... MEG Energy (MEGEF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Metro (MTTRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... OSI Systems (OSIS) downgraded to Hold following Q2 miss at BB&T... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Pan American Silver (PAAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Royal Gold (RGLD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... SEI Investments (SEIC) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Wunderlich... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... ServiceNow (NOW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... State Bank Financial (STBZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Textron (TXT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Western Gas Partners (WES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:03 EDTHKHalcon Resources downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich analyst Irene Haas downgraded Halcon Resources to Hold after her firm lowered its WTI price forecast for 2016 and 2017 from $54/barrel and $65/barrel to $38.25 and $50, respectively. The analyst cut her price target for the shares to $1 from $10.

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