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March 17, 2014
10:08 EDTBAC, HTZ, BCSHertz rises after FT says company close to unit spin-off
Shares of Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) are higher this morning following a Financial Times report that said the company is close to a spin-off of its construction equipment rental business. Hertz operates in two segments: Rental and leasing of cars and trucks and equipment rental. WHAT'S NEW: The Financial Times reported on Friday evening that Hertz is getting ready to spin-off the construction equipment rental business in a deal that could value the unit at about $4.5B. The company has been exploring a spin-off to shareholders or a reverse Morris trust, which combines a spin-off with a merger, and was under pressure last year by activist investors like Carl Icahn and Corvex. The company has also been rumored to have been talking with potential merger targets. In December, Hertz announced a one-year shareholder rights plan following evaluation and consultation with its outside advisers. The company hired Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAC) and Barclays (BCS) in January for advice on defending itself against an investor attack and improving investor returns. Details of the potential spin-off could be announced next week, the report said, citing sources familiar with the matter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The construction equipment rental business, or HERC, accounted for $1.1B of Hertz's revenue in the first nine months of 2013, the FT noted. PRICE ACTION: Hertz shares are up $1.47, or 5.65%, to $27.45 in mid-morning trading.
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November 14, 2014
07:17 EDTHTZHertz to restate 2011, 2012, 2013 financial statements
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz to implement global cost reduction program
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07:16 EDTHTZHertz announces new U.S. rental car fleet strategy
Hertz announced a new fleet purchasing strategy to improve the U.S. rental car business's competitive position and customer experience. Hertz will purchase roughly 350,000 model year 2015 vehicles in the U.S., approximately 60% more than the model year 2014 vehicles. Approximately 25% of the model year 2015 fleet buy is being delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014. Approximately 70% of the U.S. operating fleet is expected to be risk vehicles in calendar year 2015 versus approximately 85% in 2014. As the company strategically transforms the U.S. fleet, the average U.S. risk-car holding period for 2014 and 2015 model year vehicles is expected to be substantially lower than the 2013 model year holding periods. To accelerate its fleet transformation, the company increased its fourth quarter U.S. risk vehicle dispositions by 45% versus plan, targeting its highest mileage vehicles. As of the end of October, approximately 40% of the sales planned for fourth quarter 2014 have been completed. For the full year 2014, U.S. car rental monthly depreciation per vehicle is expected to be approximately $280 - $300 per unit, which is higher than forecast primarily due to the accelerated disposition timeline and weaker residual values.
November 13, 2014
14:50 EDTHTZLonestar Capital to shut down by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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14:45 EDTHTZLonestar capital to shut down, DJ reports
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November 12, 2014
16:23 EDTBCS, BACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:38 EDTBCS, BACOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:14 EDTBACOCC fines Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan $950M over FX trading
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08:57 EDTBCSBarclays excluded from forex settlement due to issues with NYDFS, Reuters says
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07:28 EDTBACBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 11, 2014
14:30 EDTBCSBanks to be hit with billions in fines for currency manipulation, Telegraph says
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11:56 EDTBACAmerican Commercial weighs sale with value of over $1B, Financial Times says
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06:59 EDTBACBank of America's head of FICC trading to retire by year-end, WSJ reports
Bank of America's head of global fixed income, currencies and commodities trading trading, David Sobotka, will retire by year-end, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing an internal memo sent to employees. Sobotka is planning to take some time off before deciding on his next steps. Sources say BofA will name Sobotka's replacement by the end of the year. Reference Link
06:53 EDTBCSBanks sued by terror victims, NY Times says
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November 10, 2014
17:27 EDTHTZHertz files to delay Form 10-Q
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07:12 EDTBCSCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
06:53 EDTBACBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTBAC, BCSRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
06:18 EDTBCSUBS to settle misconduct allegations at precious metals trading unit, FT reports
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November 9, 2014
13:00 EDTBACBofA looks for additional SEC sanctions to be waved, Bloomberg says
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