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May 12, 2014
08:36 EDTHSH, BX, PFHillshire Brands sees Pinnacle Foods deal closing in September
Says Blackstone (BX) has agreed to vote its shares in favor of the transaction. The company will retain the Hillshire Brands (HSH) name. Sees deal immediately accretive to EPS, 15%+ accretive in year 3. Sees $140M in cost synergies by end of year 3, primarily derived from supply chain enhancements and consolidation of overhead expenses. Sees approximately $180M in estimated costs to achieve synergies. Says integration teams from both organizations "ready to go," will implement plans to achieve synergies and facilitate a smooth integration after closing. Says focused on de-levering to return to investment grade. Says overall top priority to support continued organic growth. Comments from slides that will be presented on the conference call discussing the acquisition of Pinnacle Foods (PF).
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February 26, 2015
12:56 EDTBXKKR's Samson in restructuring talks, WSJ says
KKR's (KKR) Samson Resources is in discussions with restructuring advisers at Blackstone (BX) and other firms on how to handle its $3.8B long-term debt, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that Samson previously expressed interest in selling some oil and gas fields. Reference Link
February 25, 2015
09:13 EDTBXBlackstone seeks coalition partners to invest outside its funds, WSJ reports
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February 24, 2015
07:21 EDTPFPinnacle Foods sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.86-$1.91, consensus $1.91
Sees FY15 input cost inflation estimated at 3%-3.5%; Sees FY15 productivity estimated at range of 3%-4%. Sees FY15 effective tax rate of 38%.
07:20 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q4 Birds Eye Frozen sales up 4.9% to $317.4M
Reports Q4 Duncan Hines Grocery down 3% to $305.4M; Reports Q4 Specialty Foods sales down 10.3% to $82.6M.
07:20 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q4 EPS excl items 64c, consensus 64c
Reports Q4 revenue $705.3M, consensus $718.35M. North America Retail net sales increased 0.9% to $622.7 million in Q4.
February 23, 2015
08:42 EDTBXBlackstone Energy Partners II is oversubscribed at $4.5B
Blackstone announced the commencement of the investment period for its second energy-focused private equity fund, Blackstone Energy Partners II, with total commitments of $4.5B. BEP II received significant interest from both existing and new investors, with demand well surpassing the fund’s $4.5B hard cap. Investors in the fund include a diverse group of U.S. state pension funds, corporate pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, endowments, foundations and family offices. Like its predecessor fund BEP I, a $2.4B fund that had its final close in September 2012, BEP II will invest in control-oriented equity and equity-linked interests in companies, assets and development projects in the energy and natural resources sector on a global basis. To date, Blackstone’s energy-focused private equity team of professionals has deployed over $8B in this strategy. Blackstone's $16B diversified global private equity fund will continue to invest alongside BEP II in energy transactions on a 50/50 basis.
February 18, 2015
06:03 EDTBXAllen Systems Group reaches agreement with senior lenders on debt restructuring
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February 17, 2015
07:02 EDTBXRentech secures additional loan commitment of up to $63M from GSO Capital
Rentech, Inc. (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), has increased its credit facility for Rentech by up to $63M. The majority of the proceeds from this new facility are expected to fund completion of Rentech’s Canadian wood pellet projects through positive cash flow. Rentech now estimates the cost to complete the construction of its Canadian wood pellet projects to be $125M-$130M. Rentech expects that the new term loan, together with its other cash resources, will be sufficient to fund its Atikokan and Wawa pellet projects until they have been commissioned and begin to generate positive cash flow. Rentech currently estimates that the cost to acquire and construct the two plants will be $125M-$130M, up from $105M. The majority of the increase is due to delays in construction and higher labor costs for installation of electrical and mechanical components. Rentech expects that working capital and the cost to commission the plants will add approximately $6 to $10 million to the estimated total project cost. Rentech does not expect the plants to generate positive EBITDA or cash flow for the year 2015. Annual stabilized EBITDA projected for both plants remains in line with previous guidance of C$17M-C$20M.
February 13, 2015
09:21 EDTBXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Cytokinetics (CYTK), up 15.6%... King Digital (KING), up 22.2%... Cyberark Software (CYBR), up 19.2%... Web.com (WWWW), up 4%... CBS (CBS), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), up 10.9% following a New York Post report that the company is exploring a sale. Carlyle Group (CG), which owns Freescale, along with Blackstone (BX), is up 1.5%. Blackstone is up fractionally... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.4% following a Bloomberg report that the company is seeking a buyer for assets in North Dakota... Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA), up 5.7% following a CNBC report that Sarissa Capital is seeking to replace Ariad CEO and Chairman Harvey Berger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Knowles (KN), down 20.3%... Zynga (ZNGA). down 12.4%... J.M. Smucker (SJM), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Magnachip Semiconductor (MX), down 51.7% after restating financial results... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), down 7.6% after 20M share Secondary priced at $3.75.
07:10 EDTBXFreescale said to be exploring a sale, NY Post reports
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