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January 22, 2013
16:16 EDTKBR, BPKBR awarded $3.5M turnaround management contract for BP plant in Decatur, AL
KBR (KBR) announced that it has been selected to provide the BP (BP) Decatur site with specialty turnaround management and turnaround mechanical execution services for one of the six on-site production units at the Western Hemisphere aromatics petrochemical site in Decatur, AL. This plant utilizes paraxylene to manufacture plastic bottles, polyester material and new generation polyesters and resins. The contract award is valued at $3.5M and underscores KBR's ability to mobilize skilled resources and execute highly complex, time-sensitive projects.
News For KBR;BP From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
07:47 EDTBPJacobs Engineering selected by BP as strategic supplier
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December 17, 2014
11:01 EDTKBRBalyasny Asset reports 5.57% passive stake in KBR
December 15, 2014
13:00 EDTBPEU conditionally approves BP acquisition of jet fuel unit, Reuters says
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December 14, 2014
17:07 EDTBPOPEC's Badri says group will withstand oil price fall, Reuters says
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December 12, 2014
06:51 EDTBPBrent crude oil fell to five year low, Reuters reports
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December 11, 2014
09:24 EDTKBRKBR says looks to reduce annual operating expenses by $200M by 2016
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08:08 EDTKBRKBR sees pre-tax charge of $800M-$1B related to restructuring
Effective December 31, 2014, KBR, Inc. will be reorganized into three new businesses. The actions are expected to strengthen KBR's balance sheet by addressing and exiting under-performing and non-strategic businesses. The company expects to realize annual operating cost savings of $200M by 2016, but anticipate taking a pre-tax charge ranging from $800M-$1B, the majority of which will be non-cash. The company currently has a cash balance of approximately $1B and has received approval from its lenders to amend its credit facility for the impact of the anticipated charge.
08:06 EDTKBRKBR to divest or exit several non-strategic businesses
KBR announced the results of a major Strategic Review which will see the company become a more streamlined, empowered and accountable global organization. Effective December 31, 2014, KBR, Inc. will be reorganized into three new businesses that will focus on core strengths in consulting, technology, engineering and construction and government services: Technology & Consulting combines all proprietary KBR technologies, knowledge-based services and KBR companies Granherne, Energo and GVA under one customer-facing global business to provide licensed technologies and consulting services to the oil and gas value chain, for wellhead to crude refining and to specialty chemicals production. In addition to sharing many of the same customers, these businesses share their approach of early and continuous involvement to deliver the most optimal solution to meet the customer's objectives through early planning and scope definition, advanced technologies and project lifetime support. This focus allows early customer engagement and continuity through to full project delivery; Engineering & Construction is KBR's project delivery business. It will leverage our operational and technical excellence as a global provider of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and maintenance for oil and gas, refining, petrochemicals, chemicals and industrial customers. Through a regional structure, E&C has been designed to be closer to its customers and capable to execute global project delivery on a consistent basis throughout the world; Government Services will focus on long-term services contracts with annuity streams particularly for the United Kingdom, Australian and United States governments. KBR functions at a corporate level will be streamlined. This will result in a lean corporate office with responsibility for strategy and governance. As a result of this Strategic Review, KBR will be divesting or exiting the following non-strategic businesses as it works to streamline global operations and drive efficiency with a goal of reducing annual operating costs of at least $200M by 2016: Fixed Price EPC Power; Fixed Price EPC Infrastructure and U.S. Minerals; Building Group; and Fixed Price, stand-alone Construction. In addition, options for Canadian module fabrication and U.S. military deployed operations support businesses are still under consideration.
December 10, 2014
12:42 EDTBPBP volatility increases as shares trade at 30-month low
BP December and January call option implied volatility is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 17 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
10:00 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:06 EDTBPBP sees $1B in group-wide restructuring charges over coming year
"Although the current environment is challenging, BP is well-positioned to respond and manage our Upstream business for the long term,” said Upstream CEO Lamar McKay. “We expect to see growth from our conventional and deepwater assets and an increasing contribution from gas. And we also have a quality pipeline of opportunities that we believe are capable of extending underlying growth well beyond 2020. Our focus throughout will remain firmly on safe operations, execution efficiency and greater plant reliability.” BP also said that, as part of its wider ongoing Group-wide programme to simplify across its Upstream and Downstream activities and corporate functions, it expects to incur non-operating restructuring charges of circa $1B in total over the next five quarters, including the current quarter. Details of these charges and further guidance on the program are expected to be given with each quarter’s results. Across the Group, BP has said it will be looking to pare or re-phase capital expenditure without compromising safety or future growth. In October, BP told investors this could result in reductions of $1B-$2B in capital expenditure across the Group in 2015 against guidance of $24B-$26B laid out in March. This will be reviewed further as part of the 2015 plan, recognising the current outlook for oil prices. Between now and 2020, the Upstream team’s focus will be on delivery, through safe and reliable operations, strong execution in the existing base business, and the start-up of a suite of new projects which are expected to be capable of adding over 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day of net incremental production to BP’s portfolio by 2020. BP will also be progressing opportunities expected to continue to drive underlying growth into the next decade as it builds out its well-established conventional and deepwater oil positions and a distinctive and material portfolio of gas options.
05:53 EDTBPBP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded BP (BP) to Buy saying shares could see an inflection point in 2015 with the Macondo penalty phase going to trial in January. Deutsche coupled the upgrade of BP with a downgrade of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) to Hold.
December 9, 2014
11:40 EDTBPBP to invest $12B in Egypt over next five years, Reuters reports
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08:39 EDTBPBP to close U.S. cellulosic operations, Bloomberg reports
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December 8, 2014
12:00 EDTKBRKBR to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in New York on December 11 at 9 am. Webcast Link
10:53 EDTBPBP to continue advocating for probe of suspicious, implausible spill claims
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10:11 EDTBPBP's plea to review Deepwater Horizon settlement rejected, WSJ reports
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07:53 EDTBPClimate for Exxon E&P acquisition improved by falling prices, WSJ says
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06:09 EDTBPBP to cut hundreds of U.K. jobs this week, Guardian reports
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December 7, 2014
19:41 EDTBPBP set to reduce middle management ranks, freeze projects, Sunday Times says
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