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June 2, 2014
06:54 EDTGS, KKRKKR shuts down equity hedge fund, Bloomberg says
KKR (KKR) is shutting down its Equity Strategies team, which comes three years after hiring former Goldman Sachs (GS) proprietary trader Bob Howard as the unit's head, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from KKR in an e-mailed statement. Reference Link
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August 3, 2015
08:20 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to host fixed income investor conference call
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August 2, 2015
16:17 EDTGSGoldman Sachs tentatively agrees to $270M settlement, Reuters says
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July 31, 2015
07:10 EDTKKRJBF confirms $150M investment from KKR
JBF Industries has signed a definitive agreement with KKR under which KKR will invest $150M into JBF Group. A portion of the proceeds will be used by KKR to acquire a 20% stake in JBF, listed on the BSE Ltd. and National Stock Exchange of India. The remaining proceeds will be invested into zero-coupon convertible preference shares with 14.5% voting rights in JBF Global Pte. Limited, Singapore, an unlisted subsidiary. KKR will primarily make its investment from the KKR Special Situations Fund II. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of shareholder approval and regulatory approvals from competition authorities. Further details of the transactions were not disclosed.
06:40 EDTGSU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
July 30, 2015
18:37 EDTKKRKKR to invest $150M in JBF Industries, FT says
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06:55 EDTGSBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
06:25 EDTKKRSamson Resources plans to file for bankruptcy protection, NY Post reports
Samson Resources plans to file for bankruptcy protection "within days," the New York Post reports. KKR (KKR) is slated to lose its approximately $2B investment in the firm, the report says. Cerberus Capital Management, Silver Point Capital, and Credit Suisse (CS) are among the second-lien lenders that hold roughly $1B in debt and will take over Samson in exchange for their loans as part of a prepackaged bankruptcy, the report says. Reference Link
July 27, 2015
09:53 EDTGSFINRA fines Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing $1.8M for OATS violations
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06:26 EDTGSSymphony Communication eyes $1B funding round, WSJ reports
Symphony Communication Services, an instant-messaging software company backed by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), is eyeing an investment round that may value it at as much as $1B, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The startup is canvassing a range of possible new investors, including venture-capital funds and additional financial firms, the report says. Symphony also wants funds from its existing backers, including Goldman, Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and BlackRock (BLK), the report says. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
09:55 EDTKKRKKR enters bidding process for NCR, CNBC's Faber reports
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July 23, 2015
10:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July weekly calls active
Goldman Sachs July 215 and 217.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 10K contracts (1K puts). July weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, August and October is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 28. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement.
07:08 EDTKKRKKR reports Q2 adjusted ENI 88c, consensus 62c
Reports Q2 revenue $255.87M, consensus $253.91M. Book value was $10.9B on a total reportable segment basis, or $12.77 per adjusted unit. Assets under management and fee paying assets under management totaled $101.6B and $83.7B, respectively, as of June 30, 2015. Return on equity and cash return on equity were 16.6% and 17.1%, respectively.
06:56 EDTGSBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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05:30 EDTKKRKKR, Borealis Maritime JV acquires Hanseatic Ship Asset Management
KKR and Borealis Maritime announced the $254.5M acquisition of Hanseatic Ship Asset Management GmbH, a 100% owned subsidiary of Commerzbank AG controlling a modern fleet of 18 container and dry cargo vessels, through a joint venture vehicle established by the two firms. Embarcadero Maritime III, a joint venture formed by KKR and Borealis Maritime to invest in distressed shipping assets, will acquire HSAM with all its assets. Following this purchase, investment vehicles established by KKR and Borealis will jointly operate a fleet of over 50 vessels in the container, chemical, product and LPG sectors. To date, KKR and Borealis have deployed over $600M into vessel acquisitions and continue to pursue additional transactions opportunistically.
July 21, 2015
10:14 EDTKKRHigh option volume stocks:
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08:35 EDTGSVarian Medical signs agreement to operate first proton facility in New York
Varian Medical Systems (VAR) announced that it has entered into an agreement with New York Proton Management, a consortium of leading New York healthcare institutions including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mount Sinai Health System, Montefiore Health System, and ProHEALTH Medical Management formed to operate The New York Proton Center, the first proton facility in New York State. Varian will provide the center, which will have four treatment rooms and a research room, with its ProBeam system, as well as 10 years of service for approximately $115M. The center, which will be located in Manhattan, is expected to open for treatment in the first half of 2018. Varian expects to book the equipment portion of the order in Q4 with the remainder of the order to be booked in accordance with the company's policies over the term of the agreement. Under an agreement with MM Proton I, LLC, the project developer, Varian's international subsidiary in Switzerland will provide $91.5M in project financing, including a six-and-half-year $73M senior first lien loan at 9% interest and a six-and-half-year $18.5M subordinate loan at up to 13.5% interest. Other lenders for the $242.7M in total project loans include JPMorgan Chase Bank (JPM) and an affiliate of The Goldman Sachs Group (GS). The project facility is managed by Murphy & McManus, a Boston-based developer of healthcare and life science facilities and Norton Travis of NLT Advisors served as project coordinator on behalf of the consortium.
07:13 EDTGSGoldman Sachs applies to own, trade Saudi stocks, Bloomberg reports
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05:49 EDTKKRKKR files paperwork for an IPO of First Data, Financial Times reports
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05:37 EDTKKRKKR acquires 80% stake in Gestamp Solar
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