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April 14, 2014
08:31 EDTKKR, GS, BXBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
Ipreo announced the signing of a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity funds managed by Blackstone (BX) and by the Goldman Sachs (GS) Merchant Banking Division. The sponsors are acquiring the business from affiliates of KKR (KKR), who will retain a minority ownership stake in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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February 2, 2016
10:49 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Asia unit censured by Hong Kong regulator
The Securities and Futures Commission, SFC, has publicly censured Goldman Sachs Asia for breaches of the Code on Takeovers and Mergers whilst acting as a financial advisor to Wing Hang Bank, Limited in relation to a voluntary general offer for the bank. Goldman Sachs' conduct fell far short of the standards expected of a financial advisor under the Takeovers Code in that between 8 November 2013 and 6 January 2014: Goldman Sachs executed 111 trades in the securities of Wing Hang Bank without making the requisite dealing disclosures and no prior consent was obtained as required for 26 of these trades ; and Goldman Sachs failed to comply with the restrictions on issue and distribution of research reports in relation to the research reports it published on Wing Hang Bank. In deciding the sanction, the SFC took into account Goldman Sachs' cooperation and self-reporting of the breaches. Reference Link
February 1, 2016
08:34 EDTBXBlackstone outlook positive, says JMP Securities
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06:49 EDTBXBlackstone reduces stake in ChemChina unit to less than 10%, Reuters says
Blackstone has cut down its stake in a unit of ChemChina by more than half to below 10%, Reuters reports, citing two people with knowledge of the situation. The company spent roughly $600M to purchase a 20% interest in China National Bluestar in 2008, the report says. Reference Link
06:46 EDTBXBlackstone shops IT outsourcing firm in China, WSJ reports
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January 31, 2016
12:33 EDTGSU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
08:52 EDTGSSiemens hires Goldman Sachs to advise on potential Gamesa deal, Reuters says
Siemens (SIEGY) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) as an advisor for its potential acquisition of Spanish wind farm manufacturer and operator Gamesa, Reuters reports, citing two people familiar with the matter. One of the sources told Reuters that it was still unclear what the structure of such a transaction would be. Reference Link
07:31 EDTGSBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
January 28, 2016
12:30 EDTBXBlackstone says enters 2016 with 'great confidence' in the business
Says does not see recession in U.S. in 2016. Says capital inflows to funds "remain healthy." Says seeing strong demand for credit products. Says the company is in "terrific shape" in all areas. Says remains "highly profitable with strong growth prospects." Says expects price of oil to be significantly higher over next several years. Says prefers cash to massive stock buybacks as it provides more investment opportunities. Says will continue to pursue "smart acquisitions." Says does not expect China to experience a "hard landing." Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
07:05 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 fee-earning AUM $246.15B, up 14% y/y
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07:03 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q4 ENI 37c, consensus 46c
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05:28 EDTKKRKKR and Masan Group conclude partnership in Masan consumer
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTBXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:40 EDTKKRKKR replaces Bain as suitor for Peroni, Grolsch brands, Reuters says
KKR (KKR) is replacing Bain Capital as a bidder for SABMiller's (SBMRY) Peroni and Grolsch brands, Reuters reporst, citing three sources familiar with the matter. KKR was not previously shortlisted as one of the final suitors for the brands being unloaded by AB InBev (BUD) to smooth its acquisition of SABMiller, the report says. Reference Link
06:53 EDTKKRKKR, Bain, Fujifilm to make offers for Toshiba Medical, Reuters reports
KKR (KKR), Bain Capital, and Fujifilm (FUJIY) are among possible bidders for a medical equipment unit of Toshiba (TOSBF) in a deal that could be valued as high as $3B, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the process. Reference Link
06:41 EDTBXSunEdison shops Vivint rooftop assets before closing takeover, Bloomberg says
SunEdison (SUNE) has yet to close its $1.9B acquisition of Vivint Solar (VSLR) and is already shopping come of the company's rooftop solar assets, Bloomberg reports. The purchase from Blackstone (BX) was announced in July and altered in December, and SunEdison might have difficulty completed the deal if it can't find a buyer for some assets, the report says, citing comments from an interview Credit Suisse analyst Patrick Jobin. Reference Link
January 26, 2016
09:02 EDTBXBlackstone says Peter Grauer to join board of directors
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07:36 EDTKKRKKR leads funding round in Jitterbit
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January 25, 2016
16:06 EDTBXBioMed Realty sees acquisition by Blackstone closing later this week
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10:00 EDTGSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
07:03 EDTGSGoldman Sachs upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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