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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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July 1, 2015
12:19 EDTBXBlackstone, JPMorgan among giants interested in Worldpay, Sky News says
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June 30, 2015
16:05 EDTBXBlackstone completes acquisition of Tiptree Financial subsidiary
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13:59 EDTBXBlackstone intends to inject $84M into Jack Wolfskin, Bloomberg reports
Blackstone plans to inject $84M into Jack Wolfskin to alter the terms on its senior loans, Bloomberg reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:58 EDTBXWendel to acquire AlliedBarton Security Services for roughly $1.67B
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05:37 EDTBXBlackstone to sell AlliedBarton to Wendel SE for $1.67B
Blackstone announced that private equity funds it manages have agreed to sell AlliedBarton to Wendel SE for approximately $1.67B. The transaction is expected to close later this year, and is subject to customary regulatory approvals.
05:37 EDTBXBlackstone to sell AlliedBarton to Wendel SE for $1.67B
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June 29, 2015
06:07 EDTBXBMW, Macquarie expected to bid for ANZ Banking unit, Reuters reports
According to a source familiar of the situation, BMW and Macquarie Group are among the companies expected to make a bid for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group's car and equipment loan book, Reuters reports. Additionally, buyout firms Carlyle (CG), Blackstone (BX) and TPG have requested information memorandums for the sale. The unit could fetch more than the $6.35B book value of the loans, the source says. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
10:19 EDTBXReno shoe chain hires bankers to explore sale, Reuters reports
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June 19, 2015
16:17 EDTPFOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the entire day. The economic calendar was quiet and the news flow was slow, leaving the averages to move in a narrow range until the final hour, when “quadruple witching” action kicked in and moved them a leg lower. The simultaneous expiration of futures and options can cause increased volatility, which occurred as the day’s volume was light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Baker Hughes reported that the U.S. Rig Count declined 2 rigs from last week to 857. In Europe, the ECB agreed to raise the limit on Emergency Liquidity Assistance to Greek banks for the second time in a week, though there were contradictory reports about the size of the increase. Next, the eurozone's heads of government will meet for an emergency summit to discuss Greece on Monday. In Asia, China's Shanghai Composite index dropped 6.4%, bringing the benchmark's weekly loss to 13.3% and sending the index into correction territory. The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged and maintained its asset purchases program, as expected. The BOJ also said it will reduce the number of policy meetings it holds each year to 8 from the current 14 meetings, putting it on par with other major central banks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of ConAgra (CAG) advanced $4.31, or 11.02%, to $43.43 after activist investor Jana Partners reported that it has acquired a 7.2% stake in the packaged foods company. Jana suggested that the company should undertake a strategic review of its strategy and corporate structure to determine if its businesses are optimally positioned to succeed, as well as various potential alternative transactions and structures... Another food producer, Hershey (HSY), fell $3.38, or 3.66%, to $88.89 after lowering its outlook for this fiscal year. The chocolate maker said its North America confectionery business is on track to deliver on its 2015 financial objectives, but cited growth in China that was below expectations for its lowered outlook. Hershey also announced the implementation of a new productivity initiative that will result in the company cutting about 300 jobs by the end of this year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following the activist involvement in ConAgra were a number of its peers, including Pinnacle Foods (PF), which rose 8.58% to $46.80, and Treehouse Foods (THS), which gained 4.86% to $75.55. Also higher was KB Home (KBH), which gained $1.41, or 9.43%, to $16.37 after the homebuilder reported better than expected results for its fiscal second quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Healthways (HWAY), which sunk $3.13, or 20.15%, to $12.40 after the health management solutions provider lowered its revenue outlook for fiscal year 2015. Also lower were shares of Finisar (FNSR), which fell $2.27, or 10.25%, to $19.88 and were downgraded at Raymond James following the company's fourth quarter earnings report last night. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 101.56, or 0.56%, to 18,014.28, the Nasdaq fell 15.95, or 0.31%, to 5,117.00, and the S&P 500 lost 11.49, or 0.54%, to 2,109.75.
June 18, 2015
11:02 EDTBXBlackstone company Onyx establishes strategic alliance with Corvias
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June 17, 2015
15:04 EDTBXGE Capital Real Estate closes nearly $10B in deals towards exit
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11:25 EDTBXBlackstone and Multi acquire Palmanova Outlet Village and AVM in Italy
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